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YOU CAN NOW ACCESS YOUR GP ONLINE.

Did you know that there’s a convenient and quick way to book appointments with your GP practice online? Or that you can order repeat prescriptions and securely view some of your GP records electronically without needing to ring, or visit, your GP surgery?

NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group is launching an awareness campaign to encourage local people to sign up for GP online services. It’s part of a national NHS initiative to offer more convenience, choice and control in how people access GP services. And best of all the service is free!

Anyone who is registered with a GP can have access to their practice’s online services via a computer, tablet or smartphone – whichever way you prefer.

You can register for GP online services by following four easy steps:
1. Tell your practice you would like to start using GP online services
2. Complete a short form
3. Return the form to the practice. You will need to take one form of photo ID and a proof of address with you. If you don’t have any ID the practice will need to confirm your identity or you may need to answer questions about personal information in your GP record.
4. Once you’ve signed up you will receive a letter with your unique username and password, and also a link to where you can log in.

Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Chair at Surrey Downs CCG, said: “With people leading increasingly busy lives, sometimes it can be hard to find time to contact your GP practice to book an appointment or order a repeat prescription. You can still make your appointments in person or over the phone if you would prefer but feedback from those who use GP online services has been very positive.”

I’m not yet registered with a GP – how do I do it?
Once you’ve found a practice near where you live, you’ll need to formally register as an NHS patient by completing a form and taking photo ID and proof of address with you. Once you’ve completed the form NHS England will transfer your medical records to your new practice and write to you to confirm your registration. Don’t forget to register for GP online services at the same time. Parents or guardians can register their child and will need to take the child’s birth certificate.

For more information about GP online services please visit www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/gponline  


WIN A FREE FUSION YEAR-LONG MEMBERSHIP TO LEATHERHEAD LEISURE CENTRE.

To celebrate the new year, and help you make your move to a healthier lifestyle, we’ve teamed up with Fusion Lifestyle, a leading registered charity which provides quality sport, leisure and fitness activities to local communities. We’re offering one lucky winner a year-long membership to Leatherhead Leisure Centre.

If you’re not successful, log on to www.findyourfusion.com to claim a free one-day pass, and, for a limited time, new joiners get their first 7 days of membership totally free when they join!

So, whether you’re an exercise novice or as fit as a fiddle, make your move with Fusion. The centre features three swimming pools, state of the art gym equipment, group exercise classes, 5-a-side football, tennis, soft play, a café and a crèche, offering something for everyone. New members also receive their own kickstart plan, an exercise plan devised by Fusion’s expert health and well-being team. Fusion Lifestyle operate Leatherhead Leisure Centre in partnership with Mole Valley District Council. To win a healthier 2017 answer the following question: How many days free membership are available to new members?

Email your answer to: leatherheadlocal@btinternet.com by 5pm on Monday 27th February 2017. Winner will be notified via email on 28th February.

Terms and conditions: The prize is non-transferable, there is no cash alternative.  


FAKE AMAZON EMAILS, READ ON...

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification. The scam email claims recipients have ordered items such as an expensive vintage chandelier, Bose stereo, iPhone and watches. The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:
· Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk
· Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer
· Typos or grammatical errors
· Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail. You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210

To report a fraud or cyber crime, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.  


ANTI-SOCIAL PARKING CRACKDOWN IN MOLE VALLEY.

Anti-social parking hotspots were targeted in a crackdown on inconsiderate parking causing dangerous situations and unnecessary congestion within Mole Valley.

A joint team of Mole Valley’s police, police community support officers, traffic wardens and the DVLA took to the streets on Wednesday 7th December, to speak to drivers, check vehicles and give advice.

Richard Hamlin, Mole Valley’s Police Inspector said, “Enforcement action was taken against vehicles committing a number of offences from illegal parking, to no tax, bald tyres, obstructions and excess speed. We also focussed outside a couple of schools in the area where we know that congestion arises. A number of motorists were dealt with at the time and more will be contacted retrospectively in relation to issues identified during the day.

“Working in a joint operation like this allows us all to get more out the day and we are pleased with the results. We will be doing this work again as it helps gets the word out to everyone to park more considerately.”

Councillor Charles Yarwood, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Property, Parking and Economic Development said, “This day was all about us working together to educate drivers about sensible parking in Mole Valley.

“At this time of year particularly, we know people want to get as close as possible to their final destination before they park, we just want them to consider others when doing so.

‘It’s easy to think you are just ‘popping in’ to a shop and will only be out of the car for a couple of minutes, but when your car then obstructs the high street and causes others to drive around your vehicle you are potentially putting others in danger and causing unnecessary, unwanted congestion.

Our message is 'Please think of others and park safely and sensibly’.”  


MV POLICE - DOMESTIC BURGLARIES.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas and into the New Year there were a spate of local burglaries reported, where the offenders targeted homes during daylight hours. This is unusual, as most burglars look for properties that are obviously unoccupied and this is most easily identified during the evenings with properties not having any lights on!

In spite of the unusual time of day, however, the common factor in nearly all of the reports is that the burglars have managed to gain easy access to the rear of the property and break in by smashing the glass in a door or window. This does make sense as burglars hate running the risk of being seen by passing traffic or pedestrians, so the ground floor at the rear of a house is a far more “attractive” place to target.

Trying to restrict access to the back of your property is, therefore, a major factor in deterring burglars. Always keeps any side gates bolted and preferably padlocked on the inside. Ideally, the main bolt should be situated at waist height to reduce the ability of someone being able to reach over and slide back the bolt.

Keeping any wheelie bins at the back of your home, except on collection day, is also a sensible precaution as they cannot then be used as a climbing aid to get over a side gate.

Burglars nowadays also tend not to “go equipped” and will try to find an item or tool on the homeowner’s premises that they can use to gain entry. Making sure that all tools etc are secured in a padlocked shed is a good idea.

Ever since the spectre of drugs has come into the equation in domestic burglary, the types of items being targeted for theft has changed considerably in recent years. Thieves are looking for small items, cash and jewellery etc that they can put into their pockets to avoid attracting suspicion. They will then try to sell any items on quickly, will the most common reason being to fund a drug addiction.

Always make sure that you keep items of value and jewellery in an unlikely place. If you have a safe, that is great but, if not, consider where you could keep jewellery where is not likely to be located.

The best possible deterrent, however, remains a visible and audible intruder alarm. Modern alarm systems are so much more sophisticated nowadays. The majority of installations are wireless, removing the need for hard wiring. Many sensors are now able to take the movement of household pets into consideration and they are also required to re-set after 20 minutes if it is a false trigger.

If you are considering having an alarm installed, I would always suggest you check out the National Security Inspectorate’s website – www.nsi.org.uk – where you can enter your post code and find accredited companies which cover your area. The National Security Inspectorate applies ratings for registered companies – Gold, Silver or Bronze – which relate to quality of the product, value for money and after-care service.

Neil Clarke, 13363. Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division. PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE

To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call:
Tel: 101 Extension 30809 or 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: Neil.Clarke@surrey.pnn.police.uk

Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters.

Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (e.g. a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don't want to leave your name.

For more crime prevention advice visit www.surrey.police.uk  


'SHED TIME' FOR MEN - A NEW LOOK AT LIFE.

Monday 27th February, St George’s Church, Ashtead.

Shed Time is a new, regular forum looking at some of the important issues facing men in the modern world. It’s an opportunity to be challenged, to be inspired and to network with other like-minded men. Despite only being set up last year, the events held have proven consistently popular; each one being better attended than the last.

The inaugural evening saw Andy Findley speak about Running a Good Race. Andy is an ultra marathon runner. He used his experience of running the Marathon des Sables ― known as the toughest footrace on earth ― to reflect on how we can be more effective as men.

The evening with Ron Bushyager focussed on emotional health; an area men are often reticent to discuss openly or even acknowledge is an issue in their lives. He offered some insights into his work as a professional psychotherapist and gave some suggestions on the theme of being stirred, not shaken.

Shortly before Christmas, Justyn Larcombe came to share with us his incredible “riches to rags to reconciliation” story. Justyn, a highly decorated veteran and successful city professional, lost over £750,000 to gambling; an addiction that also cost him his home, his possessions and ultimately his family.

Our 2017 agenda focuses on “the year of the man : becoming a better man”. In four sessions we'll explore different aspects of achieving this. The first will be held on Monday 27 February at 7.45pm. Each session is free and open to all men. They are held at St. George’s Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead. Food and drink is provided.

For more information, see our website (http://www.shedtime.men), check out our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/shedtime.men) or email info@shedtime.men  


RAISING MONEY TO HELP BEAT CANCER.

I have recently released a single and donated it to Cancer Research UK in memory of my mum, Mary.

In the two years since we lost my mum to cancer, we (myself, family and friends) have managed to raise just over £13,000 for the Princess Alice Hospice where she spent her last few weeks. One of the nurses asked if i would write a song for them to release for Christmas but a couple of days later she called me back to say Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics) had asked if he could release "The Living Years" with them.

A friend of mine, Avril Saunders, who survived breast cancer and wrote a book on mammograms which she donated to Cancer Research UK, suggested I release a song for this charity to see what we could do.

I already had a song called "Think Again", which won two international music awards. Many people have been urging me to record it properly and release it as a single, so I thought if anything was going to have a chance of raising any significant money - this was the song.

So I recorded the song in my studio at home and with the help of my film maker friend, Jack Soriano (who donated a lot of his own time), we went about filming a video.

We shot the 5½ minute film on location on Epsom Downs with live footage in The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower in Ashtead.

So far the song has reached #26 on Amazon downloads and I have been lucky enough to have had interviews on BBC Radio Surrey, Radio Jackie, Surrey Hills Radio & Meridian FM. Susy Radio added the song to their 'A list' and have been playing it twice a day - complete with a spoken intro they kindly asked me to record. Several other stations have also been playing the song but we are determined to increase exposure in order to raise funds for the charity.

The video is free to watch on You Tube via www.thezenrelics.com and links to download the single on Amazon & itunes are also on our website.

I should also like to extend my thanks to everyone who buys, or has bought, a copy of the single and together hopefully we can help beat this awful disease.

Guy Sowdon Zen Relics  


NEW SKATE PARK AT KINGSTON RD RECREATION GROUND.

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) will be revamping the skate park at Kingston Road Recreation Ground in Leatherhead this year. The new facilities will challenge and delight skaters for years to come. MVDC is inviting local residents and skate park users to choose their favourite three from a number of preliminary skate park designs submitted by play companies. The first-stage designs can be viewed at www.molevalley.gov.uk/kingstonroadskatepark

Votes can be submitted in person at a number of locations between Monday 6th February and up to 5pm on Tuesday 28th February. The designs and voting slips will be available at the HelpShop in Leatherhead and the Council’s offices in Dorking. The designs will also be available to see and vote on at a series of public drop-ins during February. Locations, dates and times for those drop-ins can be found by visiting www.molevalley.gov.uk/kingstonroadskatepark.

Once the voting has closed, the public’s votes will help decide which three designs will make it through to the next stage. The companies whose designs have made it into the final three will be given the opportunity to make amends to their designs, taking into account feedback from the pubic consultation. Residents will then be able to vote once again to choose their favourite design in mid-March.

The winning skate park design will be announced at the beginning of April and work will start on the new facility in the summer.