A week of health-themed fundraising events is planned to mark the 120th anniversary of a GP practice by boosting the bank balance of local community groups.
Wilson Street Surgery, in Derby, first opened its doors to patients in 1895 and staff there will celebrate the special birthday by hosting different activities all next week (15 to 19 June).
- ·Older People’s Day – Mon 15 June.Age UK Derby will receive donations from a sale of cakes baked by staff and doctors, mental agility quizzes, crosswords, sudoko and wordseaches etc. Age UK and the Royal Voluntary Service, will offer leaflets/guide books and information on befriending services, transport, luncheon clubs.
- ·Children & Young People’s Day - Tuesday 16 June. Children’s face painting and balloon creations will be on offer. Livewell, a public health-funded, healthy lifestyle service for people registered to a doctor in Derby, will promote exercise for children and carry out health and fitness testing and health promotions for children. Volunteers from children’s hospice Rainbows will hold a kids tombola stall. All donations raised this day will go to Rainbows.
- ·Carers Day - Wednesday 17 June. Volunteers from Derbyshire Carers Association will promote their work and a therapist will be available to provide pamper sessions for carers of patients. All donations from this day will go to Derbyshire Carers Association.
- ·Homelessness Day - Thursday 18 June. Staff from Derby’s Healthy Futures project, and Padley Centre will promote initiatives, chat about success stories and inspire people to donate food parcels. Derby City Mission will also be in the surgery to talk to patients. All donations from this day will go to the Padley Centre and Derby City Mission.
- ·Health & Wellbeing Promotion - Friday 19 June. Livewell will be back in the surgery to help people stop smoking and find out more about exercise and healthy lifestyles. There will be health and fitness testing and information available. Heart patient self-help group, Take Heart Derby, will hold a session. Donations from this day will go to Take Heart Derby.
Kate Brown, director of planning and primary care development for the CCG, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for a surgery to have served its community for this long and they have come up with a great way to celebrate by raising awareness and generating funds for local charities.
“We wish them many more successful years supporting the health and wellbeing of their patients.”
Practice manager Sue Altoft said: “This is a special landmark for us so we wanted to make it special for our patients and local charities and support groups too by giving back to the communities we serve.
“I hope all our patients will enjoy taking part in these activities and find out more about services and support that can help them.”
Wilson Street Surgery is one of the 56 member practices which make up NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the body responsible for planning and paying for services to improve health care and outcomes for local people.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG represents 56 GP practices and is one of four clinical commissioning groups in the county responsible for the healthcare of people in Derbyshire.
- For advice on finding the right health service at the right time in Southern Derbyshire, visit www.choosewellsouthernderbyshire.co.uk
- For more information about the surgery visit the website at www.wilsonstreetsurgery.co.uk
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