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East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme

This Scheme provides a service to help the elderly and those living in East Staffordshire who are unable to use public transport to make those essential journeys.

Volunteer drivers, using their own cars, offer a door to door service and will wait up to 90 minutes for the return journey.

The scheme can be used for the following:

  • Hospital, doctors or dentist appointments.
  • Hospital patient visiting.
  • Social visits.
  • Collection of prescriptions.
  • Shopping trips.

The following fees apply:

  • Fees in line with recommended passenger fare table; or 45p per mile plus 5p per additional passenger.
  • Escorts travel free of charge. 
  • Service users can also join the scheme for a £5.00 annual membership.
  • Additional fees may apply, i.e., parking fees, toll fees, admin charge of £1.00 (to cover telephone calls).

Contact:  East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme  e:


Minor Injury Units In your area

MIU locations

Sir Robert Peel Community HospitalSamuel Johnson Community HospitalDerby Urgent Care Centre
Plantation Lane Mile Oak
B78 3NG
Telephone: 01827 263800 08:00 – 22:00 7 days a week
Trent Valley Road
   WS13 6EF
   Telephone: 01543 412900
   08:00 – 21:00 7 days a week   
Entrance C London Road Community Hospital Osmaston Road Derby DE1 2GD. Tel: 01332 224700 08:00 – 20:00 7 days a week  

Your Local Pharmacies

Pharmacists are trained professionals who are ready to give advice on the best treatment for minor conditions such as:

Cold, headaches, cold sores, head lice, conjunctivitis, heartburn, constipation, indigestion, cough, insect bites, dental pain, migraines, diarrhoea, nappy rash, dry eyes, rashes, dry skin, sore throat, earache, teething, fever, temperature, haemorrhoids, threadworm, hayfever and thrush.

Most pharmacies offer a private consultation room where they can offer confidential advice. Pharmacists can talk you through your symptoms and offer advice and reassurance about how long these may last and what to do if they continue or get worse


Physiotherapy Self-referral

If you have any of the following issues physiotherapy can be beneficial to help manage these:

Sports injuries    Joint pain   Rehabilitation post orthopaedic surgery   Incontinence (Assessed by Specialised Woman’s Health Physiotherapist)   Back pain  Muscle / ligament pain   Arthritis management

If you are aged 18 or older and are registered with this GP practice you can now refer yourself to the Physiotherapy services without seeing your GP. To arrange, please contact 0300 323 0930


District Nurses

District Nurses are available to deliver nursing care at home to housebound patients.  Individual care is planned and advice on further help or services is given including health education. District Nurses may administer drugs, give injections, dress wounds, take blood samples, give personal care as well as provide support for carers. They are also able to undertake assessment visits that may lead to referral to other services for assistance or technical aids.

To contact the District nursing team please call 0300 323 0930


Health Visiting Team (East Staffordshire Hub)

As you have registered your pre-school child/children with the practice we would like to inform you of the Health Visiting service offered to your family.

The hubs give families and young people advice and support from professionals within the 0-19 services and are the point of access for professionals and other health care services. They can advise on:

-Feeding and Nutrition

-Child Development

-Parenting advice and support

-Behaviour issues

-Family health

Parents / guardians can contact the HUB directly for all the above and speak to a health professional for support and advice.

East Staffs: 0300 303 3924 or you  can TEXT and receive a reply from a Health Visitor 07520 615722

For young person’s there is confidential TEXT service for 11-19 yr. olds 07520 615721