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Message from the Friends of Pensilva Health Centre


The Friends of Pensilva Health Centre will have a vacancy for the voluntary role of Treasurer from May 2013.

The Friends exist to raise and manage funds for the Health Centre. The funds are used to purchase items of equipment that are of benefit to the patients but which are not routinely supplied to GP practices. Over the  twenty plus years of our existence many items, from an ECG machine to portable 24 hour blood pressure monitors, have been funded meaning that often patients do not have to wait for a hospital appointment and then make the journey to either Liskeard or Plymouth, but can be treated at the Health Centre. The most recent purchase was a Dopplex machine, which cost over £3,000; it is in daily use detecting potentially life threatening vascular problems.

The role of Treasurer is not greatly time consuming. The Friends have three meetings a year and two fund raising events. In addition there are occasional donations from patients and patients’ families and friends. The current Treasurer has offered to answer any questions that may arise from the handover.

If you feel that you would like to help us please contact the Chairman, Mrs Jean Connor on 01579 363221 for more information.


Dr McCartney Leaving

Dr Mark McCartney is leaving in April to take up a position as a GP in a practice in South East Queensland, Australia.

It will be the end of 23 years working in partnership with Drs Jan Macfarlane and Martin Ronchetti. Dr McCartney would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive over the years, including patients, staff at the practice and colleagues, including those in neighbouring practices, with whom he has had such a good working relationship. He is sorry to be leaving such a great practice and has really enjoyed working with patients and the fabulous team at Pensilva.

Catherine Pickstone, practice manager said "We are sorry to see Dr McCartney leave but understand his reasons for taking up what looks like a great opportunity. Patients can be assured that we will continue to endeavour to provide high quality medical care, and there are arrangements in hand to recruit a new doctor"

Pensilva Health Centre Patient Participation Group are organising an open morning on 23rd March 2013 10.00 am – 12.00 midday at Pensilva Health Centre. This will offer an opportunity for patients to come and say goodbye. Patients are welcome to contact the surgery if they wish to discuss further details with the practice manager.

Friends of Pensilva

The doctors and staff would like to thank the Friends of Pensilva Health Centre for their continued support and fund-raising. The recent Christmas Tea raised a fantastic £853 and along with other donations received throughout the year the money is used to buy medical equipment.

Flu Clinic

Our flu clinic will be help on Saturday 6th October, if you are in an appropriate at risk category you should be receiving your appointment shortly.

Staying healthy this winter

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia. There are some simple things you can do to keep warm, stay healthy and make the best use of your heating at home.

Stay Healthy this winter—Get a Seasonal Flu injection, follow basic advice to prevent spreading coughs and colds. Eat well, drink plenty of hot drinks and stay active. Dress warmly, use plenty of thin layers rather than one thick one. Check you have well-gripping shoes to prevent falls in cold weather.

Stay warm in your home—keep your house warm during the day and set timers over night so your room is warm in the morning. Find out if you are entitled to grants and subsidies for home heating and insulation

Further information can be found on the directgov, department of health and NHS choices website. NB If you view our newsletter online, you can click on the links

Patient Participation Group

Pensilva Health Centre has recently established a Patient Participation Group. The aim is to contribute to the continuous improvement of our services, improve communication between the practice and it’s patients and provide practical support and help to implement change. The group have met fortnightly for a couple of months and are implementing changes. If you are interesting in assisting our group, please sign up on our website by clicking on ‘Sign up for our survey’

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