GP Appointments

Routine GP appointments will not be available from 1pm and 6pm on the afternoon of Tuesday 8 February 2022 as GPs attend their latest education session.

This particular session has a dedicated focus on the Health and Care Transformation Programme, and is a welcome opportunity for Manx Care and GPs to work together to plan the next developments in Primary Care. Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently should telephone their surgery for an appointment with the on-call GP.  Practices will remain open during the afternoon for patients to collect test results, make future appointments and order repeat prescriptions as normal.

DEFA Facts

A real highlight of our week is the interesting facts provided by DEFA. This week’s facts focus on potatoes.

‘Did you know around 3,500 tonnes of potatoes are grown by Manx farmers each year making spuds the island’s most popular food crop for people. This amazing effort requires land equivalent to 233 football pitches. Around 20 different varieties are grown, graded and packaged before they are sold locally and transformed into the chips, mash and roasties we all love.’


Today is World Wetlands Day. We must admit we didn’t know this, so we’ll leave it to Curraghs Wildlife Park to explain more.

‘Wetlands are land areas that are saturated or flooded with water either permanently or seasonally. Inland wetlands include marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Coastal wetlands include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and even coral reefs. Fish ponds, rice paddies, and salt pans are human-made wetlands. All very important areas for wildlife, fauna and humans.’

Colin v Cuthbert

Marks & Spencer and Aldi have reached a settlement in a copyright row over caterpillar cakes. M&S had accused the German discounter of copying its Colin the Caterpillar cake. The supermarkets confirmed they had reached a settlement, but declined to give details. M&S said it was ‘pleased’ with the outcome, and Aldi said its Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake was ‘free’ and ‘looking forward’ to seeing his fans.


Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from a US talk show after saying the Holocaust involved ‘two groups of white people’. ABC News said Goldberg would be off-air for two weeks after her ‘wrong and hurtful comments’. The actress and TV personality said on ABC’s The View that the Nazi genocide of the Jews was “not about race”.. She apologised but then caused further offence while attempting to explain her remarks on a late-night show.

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