Weekly News Friday 11 May 2012

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A round-up of miscellany from the past week

Submitted by Geoff Caine

Spring has returned!

Featured this week:

• Let’s have your News

• The Apprentice from Birmingham Deals in QR Codes

• NHS Treatment Centre takes Workload off General Practices


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• The Apprentice from Birmingham Deals in QR Codes

My article on QR Codes four weeks ago has a curious link to a local in The Apprentice!

Nick HolzherrNick Holzherr who is now in the last 8 (of 16 originally) in The Apprentice (BBC1 Wednesdays 9pm), is a local young business man.

He studied for his business degree at Aston University Business school and now  runs his business QRky Ltd with its website http://getqrky.com from Aston Science Park.

QRky Ltd enables contact information and other details to be set up on their hosted website and  produces a QR Code for people’s business cards, marketing leaflets, etc, which when read by a smart phone displays all the details immediately as well as automating other marketing methods.

See how to set up your smart phone to read a QR Code.

Opinion: In last week’s show he was very prominent as Project Manager but Lord Sugar pointed out that he had made a wrong decision which was actually due to an abnormal Motorway hold up – unfair but he has to pick on something.

In this week’s show he appeared very little on camera suggesting that he indeed was of no consequence. Fortunately for him, his team won in the profits stakes and hence he avoided scrutiny.

I think he has good cool talents but is a little stand backish compared with the remaining contestants who are getting really fired up. Let’s see…..

Read on for Nick’s Background

Born in London in 1986 he was moved by his parents to Zurich for 7 years before returning to Forest Row in Sussex unable to speak much English.

He was educated at local schools and gained his A levels at Haywards Heath College before taking a gap year. In this he first worked for a data management company to fund his trip around the world, travelling through 21 countries including India, South East Asia, Australasia and South America.

At Aston University Business school he gained a degree in International Business and Modern Languages (German), a course that covered international economics, finance, marketing, plus the usual business topics, and of course German.  In his placement year of university studies he worked at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt.

His first business was with a university friend selling to-go ethical coffee cups using QR Codes as a marketing aid.

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• NHS Treatment Centre takes Workload off General Practices

Surgeries send NHS Health Check patients to Treatment Centre for blood sample

Treatment Centre from the front

A free NHS Health Check is being rolled out across England. Implementation started in 2009 but is not due to be completed until 2013.

This is available for people aged between 40 and 74 (obviously if you’re 75 and over they don’t care, or what?). This concentrates on your likelihood of developing four health problems: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.

You have to arrange the check through your General Practice. You are supposed to fill in two forms to take with you about how much alcohol you drink and what sort of exercise you take. Your height, weight, blood pressure and a blood sample enable assessment of your risk of contracting the above four health problems.

The NHS Choices website says that, after the measurements, a healthcare professional will “will give you your results and explain what they mean. In some instances, tests may have to be sent away for analysis. This means that some people won’t get their test results immediately and may be asked to return at a later date for this discussion.”

I have recently opted to take the health check and below are my observations.

  1. The forms sent to me in advance were very amateurish photocopies and the alcohol one was badly structured in that you had to choose between having a drink never, once per week or every day!
  2. The nurse made no attempt to take a blood sample, instead she produced, by computer, documents for me to take with me to the NHS Treatment Centre, to give a blood sample.
  3. This means I will have to return to the surgery to get my results (I am supposing).
  4. The check took less than 10 minutes not 20 to 30 minutes stated in the above website. I got the impression that the whole thing was being done in a rush.
  5. When I went to the Treatment Centre at 2:40pm there were 5 people waiting ahead of me to give a blood sample.
  6. The six of us were dealt with in 20 minutes – pretty efficient.
  7. But I noticed, when my turn came, that the queue had increased to about 25, and remarked on this to the male nurse who was taking the blood samples. He thought that the surgeries were mostly sending patients to the Treatment Centre rather than taking the blood samples themselves.

Now, my two previous and recent experiences of the Treatment Centre have been very heartening with what I regard as being conducted efficiently and with only a few minutes spent queuing. This could all change if the surgeries pass work to them when there is no need.

I understand that surgeries get paid by the NHS per patient visit. Therefore, by causing multiple visits they are earning more and costing the NHS more as well as causing more work and hence cost for the Treatment Centre.

Another example of this, at the end of last year, is that I was called back after a routine blood check because my Cholesterol level was up. When I visited the doctor I found that the level had actually gone down since the last check!


The NHS Treatment Centre is a fine place and a great improvement on preceding facilities. It is a bright and friendly place where patients are treated in an atmosphere which makes you feel that your health and feelings are important to the NHS – perhaps the promises displayed on the front of the building have been taken seriously by Management and Staff (see final image below).

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Submitted by Geoff Caine

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