Well I don’t think I speak just for myself that it wasn’t quite the start to the year we were all hoping for but hopefully everyone is coping with Lockdown III as best as they can. One of the most important things I have learnt in life is nothing stays the same forever and I hope everyone sees a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine being rolled out.
On that train of thought, I felt it was timely to update everyone on what has been happening at the practice, as time always seems to fly by even in a pandemic.
We have had an amazing baby boom and welcomed four beautiful babies in 2020. Ellwood, Flora, Maisie and Tiggy all arrived safe and well and we have another baby on the way for 2021. Our babies have definitely come at a time when we all needed some good news and they fill our lives with a love that is a much needed tonic.
With all the babies arriving it means we welcome back all our amazing mummy’s, Laura, Hannah, Grace and of course myself so the team will hopefully be back up to full force as soon as restrictions start to be lifted again. However, as we all know, life now with Covid has changed all of our lives significantly and the practice is no exception; it takes time to adapt to the new ways of working. I think these changes will be with us for the foreseeable future so I thought it was best to re-cap the steps we have in place to help everyone stay as safe as possible but also to be able to access our services without fear of contracting or spreading the virus further.
We have reduced the footfall through the practice. Yes, sadly we had to do some rearranging of appointments, but we needed to spread everyone out a little bit. This then minimises everyone coming into contact with each other as much as possible once inside. It has obviously meant we’ve had to reduce our capacity, but we felt this was morally and ethically the least we could do to help the cause and our community.
We have increased our personal protection equipment (PPE) which has its own challenges but ultimately we are trying our best to minimise the risk to our team, which in turn obviously protects our patients as well. We don’t want you to just take our word for it though please read our glowing report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who met with us last week and see what our regulators thought of all of our hard work.
To round up we are still very much enjoying seeing everyone that has felt confident coming to visit us and we eagerly await seeing those that have deferred for a little while. We are still recommending you attend your routine check-up appointments because they are so important but please only do so when you are comfortable with the new world we find ourselves in.
Until next time, take care and be kind.