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August 2023: A Message From Maddy


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A message from Maddy...

New faces and new services keep us moving forward

August is traditionally a month where people have a break and enjoy the summer festivities. Our teams, however, are keeping very busy as we launch yet more new services, partner with more community groups and welcome new members to our team.

I’m delighted to welcome Dr Emma Olandj to the Board, as Director of Community Care. Emma is a GP Partner at Priory Medical Group, Clinical Director for Adult Community Services and Medical Director at York Integrated Community Team (YICT). I’m confident that Emma and the YICT team will be a great asset to Nimbuscare and we look forward to a successful future with them.

As many of you may know, I am passionate about encouraging more young people to work in healthcare. So, I’m really pleased to welcome our first Nimbuscare HR intern, Chloe Palmer, to the team.  In September we will also be welcoming our first apprentice who will be joining the Corporate Affairs and Events team. And I want to congratulate Alfie Booth on his promotion to Operational Services Administrator.

Our first non-NHS service, the Nimbuscare Earwax Removal service, aims to be up and running in a few weeks and I know from speaking to people that this will be very much welcomed. Currently this service is not available on the NHS and we are committed to making it competitively priced against other providers.

As part of the Community Diagnostic Hub, we have begun offering blood-taking services and will soon begin spirometry and ultrasound. These new services, alongside the MRI and CT scanners, will eventually be at Askham Bar Community Care Centre, once the refurbishment work is finished. It will be good to see our former Vaccination Centre being used for the community again. 

I’m particularly pleased to see more local groups using our free Community Café at Acomb Garth Community Care Centre. This is a great asset for the city and we hope people will benefit for all the new activities happening there. 

Finally, thank you to everyone who joined us across the City to celebrate NHS75 – it was great to see our teams recognised with special NHS75 awards and our neighbours and colleagues call in for an NHS Tea Party. Thank you to everyone for their support.

NHS75 celebrations

We all enjoyed marking the 75th birthday of the NHS across the City. Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate.

We’re recruiting

We are seeking a Reception/Admin Assistant to join our busy recep6on teams, as well as a Registered General Nurse/Audiologist to train in Microsuction for our new earwax removal service. For informa6on on how to apply for these and other roles with Nimbuscare, please look on our website recruitment page.

Positive feedback on services

A survey of services has resulted in some great feedback, with around 95% of responses being posi6ve. One concern raised was about car parking at Acomb Garth Community Care Centre, so we are looking at ways to maximize capacity at this site.

We ask all staff and partners to use the free parking at Morrisons over the road, so the 29 spaces on site are available for patients.

MMR and Shingles vaccinations begin

Vaccination clinics have started for eligible pa6ents as part of a campaign to encourage more people to take up MMR and Shingles vaccinations. Patients are currently being invited to Acomb Garth, Haxby Group and Unity Health sites for MMR vaccinations, before we start Shingles vaccinations later this month.

Festival time in York

Nimbuscare is joining in York’s first Health Mela, a cultural festival taking place on 24 September, between 10am and 5pm in the York Museum Gardens. The aim of this event is to help reduce health inequalities in marginalised communities and empower people to take better care of their health.

We are looking for volunteers to help out at this event – please contact for more details.

Our City Festival is coming to York on 9 September at York Explore and library lawn, Museum Street.
This year’s festival aims to encourage, empower and support the diverse communities of York.

Get involved by e mailing

York Fifty Plus Festival will take place from Saturday 23 September un6l Sunday 8 October. Events are organised by York Older People’s Assembly (YOPA) and is a full fes6val of events taking place across the city. For more informationhRps://

What’s new in our Community Café

Substance Misuse Carer Marketplace – Wednesday 16 August 5pm til 6.30pm.  image004-2

An opportunity for family members, carers and friends affected by their loved one’s addiction to access support. This session is supported by York Carers Centre and Pavers Foundation

Menopause Café – Last Saturday of the month, 11.30am til 1.30pm.

A supportive session for people to share experiences and insights, as well as chat about the menopause over tea and cakes. All welcome, regardless of age or gender. Just turn up.


New drop off point for York Hygiene Bank.  IMG_1425

We’re proud to support this important initiative. You can donate new, unused and in date hygiene and personal care products at the Hygiene Bank drop off at our Acomb Garth Community Care Centre to help tackle hygiene poverty in York.

Recycling success

More than 75,000 used tablet blister packs have been collected so far through our recycling initiative. Thanks to all the GP Practices and pharmacy sites who have supported this by having collection boxes. This project has already sparked national interest since it launched earlier this year and we can’t wait to hit our first 100,000.

Events, training and education

Training events and learning sessions for staff can now be found in the staff area of the Nimbuscare website. Please contact us for log in details.

Our recent newsletter featuring up and coming events can be downloaded here.

More information, certificates and agendas for events can be found on the staff area of our website. To gain access, please contact

Look out for our next monthly newsletter. In the meantime, please follow us on our social media channels. Thank you all for your hard work

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Dalton Terrace Surgery

Dalton Terrace, York

Haxby Group

2 The Village, Wigginton, York

Old School Medical Practice

Horseman Lane, Copmanthorpe, York

Unity Health

Kimberlow Rise, York

Elvington Medical Practice

York Road, Elvington, York

Jorvik Gillygate Practice

Woolpack House, The Stonebow

Pocklington Group Practice

1 Amos Drive, Pocklington, York

York Medical Group

199 Acomb Road, York

Front Street Surgery

14 Front Street, Acomb, York

Priory Medical Group

Cornlands Road, Acomb, York


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