Photo of the month: Headwaters of the River Bradford
New arrangements at Youlgrave Surgery
In the recent months Credas Medical has had to drastically change how it runs in order to deal with the current Covid-19 crisis. Following guidance from NHS England we have had to designate sites as either Red (seeing patients with suspected COVID-19) Green (seeing patients but not with suspected COVID-19) or Blue (non-patient facing for admin and telephone triage work). Youlgrave has been designated a Blue site due to the fact it is carpeted and cannot be decontaminated if a Covid-19 patient enters the building. This will prevent the dispensary having to be shut and keeps people’s medication supply lines open. The doors to the surgery are locked, but staff will still be on site and available during normal opening hours. Patients who need to be reviewed in person will be seen at our green site at Darley Dale or if with symptoms of possible Covid-19 at the Red site at Lime Grove Medical centre in Matlock.
Patients wanting an appointment: You should call the surgery as normal on 01629 636207. You will be offered a telephone appointment on the day if the ailment is urgent or the next routine slot if not. A doctor will then call you to assess you over the phone. If it is deemed necessary you will be asked to attend the Green Zone at Darley Dale or the Red Zone in Matlock.
Patients ordering prescriptions: You are encouraged to do so by phone, email or via SystemOne online, rather than dropping a repeat slip off at the surgery. We have been asked not to issue extra scripts to protect the supply chain. Please only request medication if you need it. We will not issue scripts if not due, requesting early will only serve to waste staff time.
Patient collecting prescriptions: Please use the intercom system (on the left hand side of the front door) to let staff know you are here. Someone will bring your prescription out to you and leave it in our prescription collection box. We are asking patients who pay for their prescriptions to purchase a Prescription Prepayment Certificate if they are able, in an attempt to reduce contact with staff. These cost £105.90 for a year or £29.65 for 3 months. Please visit www.ppa.org.uk/ppc or call 0845 850 0030 to register for this system of payment. At this time, aside from pre payments, we can only accept contactless payments for medication.
Unlike other surgeries in the area we have kept our turnover time for prescriptions to the normal 48 working hours. Please do not phone the surgery to check if your medication is ready.
The Practice would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who put themselves forward to help us deliver medication to the vulnerable. So far our volunteers have delivered hundreds of prescriptions to patients who have not been able to collect them themselves. A special mention should be given to Greg Wilkinson who has given up a large amount of his time to support the community in delivering medications. We would also like to thank patients for their patience, words of encouragement and kindness throughout this crisis.
Please remember the situation is changing rapidly and on a daily basis and we will attempt to keep patients up to speed with this, but please do bear with us. We are working under extreme pressure, in unknown territory and would appreciate people’s kindness and patience in these uncertain times. Thank you.
Other important information for the local community:
Welcome to Youlgrave
Youlgrave is a village in Derbyshire, England, located in the south of the Peak District a few miles from Bakewell. It sits on the hillside just above the River Bradford, near its confluence with the River Lathkill. Youlgrave is one of the largest villages within the Peak District National Park and is a thriving community that takes pride in its resourcefulness and rural character.
Due to its scenic Peak District location, Youlgrave has become a popular tourist destination. Visitors to the area are able to enjoy a range of activities including walking and cycling with tremendous sightseeing opportunities in the beautiful surrounding countryside. There are many trails to follow that suit all abilities, from novice through to the more experienced.
What’s in a name?
Welcome to Pommie (or Pommy…)
The origin of Youlgrave’s curious nickname has nothing to do with lead mining or welldressing but is in fact musical. The village has its own band – originally brass and now silver – established over a century ago when the local Co-operative store (then based in the present-day youth hostel building) purchased the first instruments. One account has it that since few members knew any music early parades involved not so much a medley of tunes but rather a “pom, pom, pom” sort of sound. Another, rather more fanciful explanation involves a pig resting on a wall and serenading the band with a “tiddly pom, pom, pom” – hence the village nickname!
Youlgrave or Youlgreave?
Youlgrave was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Giolgrave and research by the late Bill Shimwell has shown that it has been spelt in over 60 different ways. In the Middle Ages it was variously written as Jalgrave, Iolgrave, Yelgreve and even Hyolegrave. Although the name is sometimes translated as grove of Iola (or Geola) the clearest connection is with lead mining, which has been carried out in the limestone hills of the Peak District since Roman times. A grove or groove is an old term for a mine or open workings (miners were often known as groovers); and it is likely that the village name derives from ‘yellow grove’, the yellow probably referring to a colour found in the local rock (possibly baryte or barium sulphate).
Confused? Three different road signs – three different spellings!
However, even today the spelling of the village’s name is a matter of contention and confusion. On Ordnance Survey maps and most road signs you will see it spelt Youlgreave, but many villagers drop the ‘e’ and use the more traditional Youlgrave. Indeed, the sign at the Village Hall does away with the ‘e’, as does Youlgrave Waterworks and the village garage. The road signs at either end of the village go with Youlgrave (the Parish Council spelling) while the sign at the A6 turning says Youlgreave (County Council spelling). Then there’s the road sign at Newhaven, off the A515 south west of the village, that actually says Youlegreave. Confused?
Here follows a list of spellings of the name of ‘the most miss-spelt village’ as compiled by local historian and former teacher at Youlgrave school, Mr J W Shimwell.