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Would you like to be part of a Men’s Shed in Street?

Why are Sheds Needed?

The Men’s Shed movement began in Australia when men realised the value of coming together around practical tasks on a regular basis, particularly if they had a designated place or workshop where tools and work in progress could be stored. It appealed to men both living alone or with partners and at all ages. Although the vast majority of ‘shedders’ are at, or beyond, retirement you do not need to be at retirement age to join in. In fact Men’s Sheds appeal to a wide variety of people, such as:

  • those who have retired and are looking for new interests
  • those with extra time on their hands and enjoy practical tasks
  • those who enjoy fixing and making things and recycling materials
  • those who enjoy other people’s company and want to meet others
  • those who would like to learn new skills

Sheds in the UK

There are almost 300 Sheds open in the UK, with nearly 100 more in the planning. Sheds vary from full-time projects in substantial premises to groups meeting in village halls and community centres for only a few hours a week.

Most Sheds have been started by their users with local support, donations of tools and premises being given, borrowed and used often in exchange for repair work. Further information at the UK Men’s Sheds Association - www.menssheds.org.uk

A Shed in Street

Does this sound like a great project to get involved with? If you would like to be involved in starting a Men’s shed in Street or receive more information about a Men’s Shed project in Street contact Brian Bastable on 01458 443940 or email by Brian by clicking here. Visit the Street website at: www.streetmensshed.btck.co.uk

Click here for the latest edition of Street Shed News.


We know that...
...you are finding it increasingly difficult to get an appointment with your chosen doctor as quickly as either you or we would like…. we want to explain why.
  • There were 340 million GP consultations last year, up from 300 million 5 years ago compared with 22 million to A&E.
  • Your GP is being asked to do more and more work for hospitals because they are under pressure too.
  • Successive governments have given us more paperwork so less time to spend with patients.
  • In addition we now have to attend management meetings about the structure of the NHS, have time out to prepare for Care Quality Commission inspections as well as spending time on educational meetings so that we can ‘revalidate’ and remain in practice.
  • We can no longer limit the number of patients we have registered with us without reducing the services we provide to you.
  • General Practices do 90% of the consultations in the NHS on less than 8% of the budget, 10 years ago it was 10% of the budget.
  • All this means that young doctors don’t want to be GPs anymore and established GPs want to leave the profession early.
  • In Somerset, a survey this year shows that nearly 1/3 of GPs are to retire by 2020 with many others now expected to give up early.
  • In the last 2 years GPs have only been able to replace 2/3 of doctors leaving their Practices

SO...
If you hear that we are not working hard enough and only want money to line our own pockets, please don’t believe it. All we want is more time and less interference so that we can get on with what we have been trained to do - to help you and your families get well, keep well and stay well.


Named GP for all patients

From 1st April 2015, in line with new regulations, all patients will have a named GP. Please ask at reception if you wish to know who your named GP is.

Your Usual GP will be your named GP and we are going to work through this year, until March 2016, to notify as many patients as possible of their Named GP. As with patients aged 75 years and above, who have already been assigned a Named GP, this does not stop you from booking to see any other clinician.

If you have a preference, as to who you would like your named GP to be, please let us know and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your wishes.

The named GP will take lead responsibility for the coordination of services required and will ensure these are delivered to you where required, (based on the clinical judgement of the GP).


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This practice records information about you, your health and your treatment, so that you receive the right care. We are also involved in research that requires access to fully annonymised computerised information from patient's notes. For more information, and how you can opt out, please click here.

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