Hello, I hope this blog finds you well and staying safe whilst adhering to the government’s guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m sure you’ll agree that we are in testing time – not just for the NHS and its current and upcoming challenge against this virus, but for our communities and individually, as we try to find the strength and resolve to get through the next few months.
I’m sure that you will be familiar with the messages around the importance of social distancing and isolation, as well as handwashing, but we cannot repeat these messages enough going forward. Familiarise yourself again here at these important sources of information; www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
In addition there are is an abundance of official information and guidance about how this situation will affect us and our daily lives. At www.rochdale.gov.uk/coronavirus all local service information and links to national advice can be found. It’s an essential read for anyone who wants to learn more about measures that are being put in place both nationally and locally. Unprecedented measures for our country certainly.
We shouldn’t underestimate the potential impact that the pandemic and it’s control measures may be having on us all. For many people, working from home has become a reality. Although this is positive in controlling the potential spread of coronavirus, it could impact our positivity and mental health. The impact of isolation and fears about the virus can also weigh on older and vulnerable people too and this needs to be checked. It’s heartening that there are already advanced plans in place for these people to be overseen in communities to ensure their basic and welfare needs are being met.
As a GP I am incredibly proud but not surprised at the sheer hard work and dedication of staff in GP practices, in clinics, hospitals and equally in social care that I have witnessed as a result of this emergency. We are confident that the NHS is well prepared to cope with this situation, but we must be prepared for this to get worse before it gets better.
On a practical note as a result of the coronavirus situation, the CCG has cancelled or postponed many of its meetings and events some of which are held in public. Please check our website www.hmr.nhs.uk for the ongoing status of our meetings in coming months and do not hesitate to email us via the website links if you have any queries or matters for our attention.
Thanks for reading and stay safe.
Dr Chris Duffy