Its Christmas!

It’s officially the festive season, and it is time to get excited! Not only is it “the most wonderful time of the year”, it is also an exciting time within the Practice!

Where to start, where to start …?
Let’s begin with IT shall we? I’m not going to sit here and pretend I am an IT genius and claim I know all there is to know about IT and its significance, because, quite frankly – I’m not, and I don’t. However, what I do know is that we have introduced E-Consult and the NHS App to our Practice. The NHS App, for anyone that doesn’t know, allows you to book appointments online, check your symptoms and order repeat medication – all without coming into or calling the surgery! (Which is great – especially during the holidays – you don’t even have to leave your bed! … Duvet day anyone!?)

Another thrilling venture we are taking as a Practice is introducing “A Day in the Life of …”. Have you ever wondered what it is like working as a Nurse, a GP, a Secretary? Well, wonder no more! In the New Year we are looking at sorting something special out for you all – something that will enable you to spend a day in the life of us – The Cambridge Practice staff! (And I assure you, we are all riveting people with stories to tell and things to show you, so fear not – you will not be disappointed!)

As I have said before, it is officially Christmas; a time of cheer, good will … and great food (let’s be honest with each other, we were all thinking about the food); a time for Band Aid, East 17 and Michael Bublé to serenade us; a time where pyjama and duvet days prevail. I could keep listing things about Christmas, but that would take forever, so I won’t (besides, my GCSE English teacher always said “the list of three will work wonders – it will engage your readers, keeping them interested, but not bored” … so here’s hoping they were right!). It is also a time for the many, many Christmas films to come out of the cupboard and make their way to the screens; Elf, A Christmas Carol, Home Alone … and … dare I say it … Die Hard (controversial, I know).

Here at the Cambridge Practice, we are all embracing the festive season in our own ways; in the secretaries’ office we have tinsel around desks, lights around screens and cute Santa post-it-notes stuck to desks; in the Reception area at Lower Farnham Road we have a lovely nativity set (rumour has it, this was made by a patient and given to us to be displayed forevermore) … Plus, the time has now come for Christmas jumpers in the Practice! Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s taste in Christmas clothing – I hope you are too! And who can forget the Christmas songs being played on the radio?! I can never resist a mini karaoke session whenever possible (so if you see anyone walking along the corridor in the surgery singing along to music that isn’t actually playing – it will probably be me – I’m not mad, I promise; I just love a good sing-along!).

Now, however much a lot of us will enjoy Christmas, we have to remember those who are less fortunate than us – those who may be alone, homeless, unable to buy what they need … Christmas, although a time to be merry, is also a prime time for being the best version of yourself; we are, as a nation, beginning to bring love and acceptance to the forefront of our lives; I have seen so many things on the internet about people who have been touched by random acts of kindness – albeit paying for a coffee, returning a dropped item, or even paying for something as simple as a birthday card. These things that may seem small to some of us are something massive to those less fortunate. So please, check on your neighbours who are spending Christmas alone, spare a thought for people who cannot have what others will have this season – it does not take much – just a thought – but I know that if I was struggling, knowing I am being thought of would make a world of difference.

So for now from all of us at The Cambridge Practice;

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2020!

Melissa Woodley