GP practice response to patient’s fourweek wait
2 Village Voice May 2019
MELBOURNE and Chellaston Medical Practice has responded to a letter, published in this month’s Village Voice, from a patient who was given a four-week waiting time to see a GP. Responding to the letter from John Williams, a spokesperson for Melbourne and Chellaston Medical Practice said: “Providing excellent care for our patients is always our priority. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘Good’ rating and our Friends and Family Feedback we receive regularly which shows 90 per cent of our patients would recommend our practice following the care or service they have provided. “We’re sorry to hear this patient was unhappy with their visit to us and we’d be very happy to discuss their individual care with them. “We always endeavour to see patients as quickly as possible, according to clinical need, prioritising more urgent and serious cases for the earliest available appointments with our GPs. If a patient with a less urgent issue wishes to see a particular GP this may mean they are seen later as a result. “Our highly trained reception staff ask for some basic information when patients contact us, to help make sure they’re seen by the appropriate clinician in a timely way. This is not unique to our practice and we protect and respect patient confidentiality at all times so detailed medical information would not be requested in public areas. “Again, we’d be happy to discuss this directly with the patient concerned. “Obviously, we’re not a political organisation – we’re a busy and hard-working GP practice serving over 15,000 patients – so it is not for us to make statements regarding decisions various Governments have, or are making, regarding the NHS. “We’re proud to serve the people of Melbourne and Chellaston and always welcome constructive feedback as to how we can best provide services for everyone we care for.” John Williams’ letter is on Page 16.
Village business park gets go-ahead
PLANS for a business park the size of nearly four football pitches on the edge of Barrow-upon-Trent have been green-lit, despite local fears it will put added pressure on roads. The new park includes an “incubator” zone providing space for start-ups to grow. The 2.68 hectare site on Sinfin Lane uses existing buildings as well as erecting five new ones to provide 93,861 square feet of business space, plus room for 168 cars, 30 HGVs and 50 bikes. Councillors at South Derbyshire District Council’s Planning Committee met on April 16 to debate the proposals, granting them unanimously after just under an hour of hearing from those for and against. Barrow-upon-Trent Parish Council had objected to the park, saying it would bring increased traffic and impact on the already problematic Swarkestone junction between the A514 and A5231, close to the Crewe & Harpur pub. They also argued that the new Infinity Garden Village will be just over a mile away and was a more appropriate place for businesses to set up in the area. The new garden village – of which parish council chair Anne Heathcote is on the steering group – is set to provide at least 5,000 new jobs and 2,100 homes on a 450hectare site south of Derby. Cllr Heathcote, speaking at the planning meeting, said: “I fail to understand why or
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how this proposal can be considered in a small rural village with all its access problems, when a large purpose-built village is being considered only a short distance away.” Chris Lindley, speaking on behalf of the applicants, told the committee that the way the park would cater for start-ups and existing businesses was not offered elsewhere in the area, including at Infinity Park. A traffic assessment submitted by the applicants did admit that the junction between the A514 and the A5231 was “currently operating over capacity” and that the “proposed development would be adding to an already congested situation”. The assessment concluded the new park would result in a 1.69 per cent increase in background traffic overall, which the highways authority did not feel was enough to justify spending money on improving this particular junction. Councillors, debating the plans, said they felt the new business park would, on balance, bring more benefit to the area than harm. Cllr Peter Watson, ward member for Aston, said the site in question had been included for development in the Local Plan, and that the park would provide the opportunity for artisans and craftspeople to start off their careers. But he added that he did also appreciate local concerns on traffic, particularly at the Crewe & Harpur junc-
IN THE April edition of Village Voice, we published a picture of 100-year-old Les Brooks, from Aston-on-Trent, cutting the ribbon to open the village’s new recreation centre. Our picture was wrongly captioned, and we apologise for the error.
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tion. Cllr Martyn Ford said: “I think the opportunities that this site gives to young start-up companies to expand and grow into bigger units is incredible.” The meeting had also heard that some people living near the site had not heard about the proposals in advance, and therefore were not able to object. Responding to this after the meeting, the district council said: “Our publicity of applications is controlled by legislation and our Statement of Community Involvement, both striking a balance between notifying interested parties and using public funding effectively. A number of neighbours were notified directly by letter and a site notice was erected next to the site. The parish council was also notified of the proposals who then provided a response to us. “Residents can also find out about planning applications near them on our website.” – Lucy Stephens
n SPRING “unfolded” at Melbourne Assembly Rooms at a special local book launch, which saw more funds raised for its main hall refurbishment. Griselda Kerr (above), of The Dower House in Melbourne, chose the venue to launch her new book, which is full of month-by-month practical gardening advice. Griselda said: “The Unfolding of Spring which launched my new book, The Apprehensive Gardener, was such a happy event for me because the support of the community in Melbourne and surrounding villages is so amazing. “People are so supportive of local endeavour in whatever field it may be. I hope the 90 or so guests enjoyed it and, very happily, there was a retiring collection for the Melbourne Assembly Rooms Brick Appeal that raised £185.”
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