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General Practice Services post Pandemic - UPDATE
Posted on 17 May 2021
The recent media notification stating that GP Practices will be opening their doors from today and providing Face2Face appointments is for GP practice guidance only and is not mandatory.
Rowan Practice has been advised by our LMC; not to return to our pre-COVID appointment system until we receive further guidance on infection control measures. COVID 19 has not gone away and we will do everything we can to keep you, other patients and our staff safe. Variant COVID 19 maybe in our area or close by and we do not want to aid the spread. MASKS or face coverings must be worn inside our building. We would like you to continue to speak to reception (via the intercom) and wait outside or in your car if you are attending an appointment. We do have limited seating available in the waiting area if you cannot wait in your car or outside.
As a practice, we have remained seeing patients Face2Face on a medical needs basis throughout the whole pandemic. Yes – accessing the surgery has been in a different way but if our patients have needed to be seen, they have been. Any changes are in place to protect the staff and ensure we were able to continue to provide continuity of service. We are proud that we have been able to deliver a full service during these challenging times whilst protecting our patients and colleagues from becoming infected in our Surgery.
Our GPs, nurses, nurse practitioner, health care assistant and all the team have all seen people throughout the Pandemic and this is not going to change.
Our workload has increased hugely since this time last year, not taking into account that our staff have gone beyond their job, sometimes at a cost to themselves and their families. Alongside this, many of the practice team have been actively working at the local vaccination centres delivering the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme since January. We ask that you be kind to anyone you meet at the surgery whilst we endeavour to make sure every patient gets the medical treatment they need.