THE Stratford Mop of 1914 appeared little changed from previous years. Wartime austerity had not yet set in and few people foresaw that the conflict would be lengthy. One of the great traditions of the fair was its roasts. No less than five oxen and seven pigs were rotating on the spits outside the pubs on the big day. The excursion trains brought their usual hundreds of revellers from Birmingham and other centres of population. None of Stratford’s conscripts had yet embarked overseas, although just five days before, a regular with the South Wales Borderers, Sgt RH Savage, had been the first Stratfordian to fall victim to the war. He had been struck by shrapnel at the Battle of the Aisne and died of his wounds in Bournbrook Military Hospital.
Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
PATIENTS in South Warwickshire will soon be able to order their medicine over WhatsApp, Skype, and FaceTime.
A new internet pharmacy that delivers prescription medicine to the door has opened in Wixford near Bidford-on-Avon.
The pharmacists behind DELmyMEDS are hoping to capitalise on concerns over how to get to the village’s new health centre, a mile outside Bidford.
Qamar Khan is the young superintendent pharmacist behind the venture.
“We’re here for the modern patients,” said the Birmingham 28-year-old who’s been a pharmacist for five years.
“Obviously a lot of people are in full time employment and they don’t have the time to go to the pharmacy.”
The four pharmacists working at DELmyMEDS, based at Wixford business park, deliver the medicine themselves so they are able to counsel patients on the doorstep.
There’s no delivery charge on their prescription medicine, it costs £8.05 at your door, the same as if you walked into a pharmacy.
“It seems like there’s quite a few people who are concerned about the issue of transport to this health centre,” said Mr Khan.
Doctors at Bidford health centre are advising patients not to use the bus stop on the 50mph Stratford Road, but are seeing patients in the village if they are unable to get to their new premises.
“When you have to see a doctor, you have to see a doctor,” he admitted.
“But a lot of people are finding, because it’s a dispensing practice, they’re going there [Bidford health centre] specifically to collect their prescription.
“We can do that for them and then we can deliver it to them. It’s for their convenience.”
On 11th July Stratford’s MP Nadhim Zahawi visited the pharmacy, approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council in February.
Soon, Mr Khan hopes to be able to get patients to send photos of their prescriptions over WhatsApp messaging service, or get them to produce it on Skype and FaceTime video-calls.
To rule out fakes, the pharmacists have to see the prescriptions when they deliver the meds.
“Pretty much everybody has got a smartphone,” said Mr Khan. “If people were to take a photo of their prescription and then message through WhatsApp, it would come to us and we would dispense it.”
www.delmymeds.co.uk is now live and delivering to South Warwickshire.
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