Coronavirus update from Granta Medical Practices

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Dr James Morrow, Managing Partner, Granta Medical Pratices 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

 

Unfortunately the number of people affected by the coronavirus causing Covid-19 is increasing rapidly and this new virus is taking a foothold within our community.

 

At Granta Medical Practices we have a dedicated Covid emergency team who are meeting daily to discuss how we can continue to provide the best possible care for our patients.

 

As a practice we are fortunate in having both multiple sites and a large team of people, including those with experience of managing this sort of situation.  This gives us options for delivery of care that are not open to many practices during any epidemic. 

 

Up to date information:

At a national level the Public Health England website

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england and NHS UK website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ provide up to date information about the national situation and plans, and health advice.

 

At Granta we will be keeping our website www.grantamedicalpractices.co.uk updated regularly to reflect the local situation and our actions at Granta, along with our social media accounts.  We may also use SMS messaging to mobile phones to communicate any urgent messages.   Please let us know if you have changed your mobile number or have one that you haven’t yet told us about.

Prioritisation:

The current evidence is that for the vast majority of the population the Covid-19 virus is a mild illness which can be safely managed at home with rest, paracetamol and fluids just like a normal flu-like illness.  However, for those with significant other medical problems and for the elderly it can be more serious. 

 

With this in mind we have postponed all face to face GP appointments and some routine nurse appointments. This is for both our patient’s safety and the safety of our staff. Instead we are now offering an enhanced telephone service and also a non-urgent dedicated email address, capccg.covid19.gmp@nhs.net, 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. We are working hard to make sure that those who are housebound will continue to receive their medications.

 

As a community we can help each other - both by following the advice given and by helping look after those who may need help within our communities. If you are able to volunteer to help out in your immediate area, please email your details to granta.socialnavigator@nhs.net

 

Practical advice:

First and foremost is the need to wash your hands on a regular basis - warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.   This alone will help slow down the spread of the virus and help protect you, your family and our community. 

 

Dr James Morrow, Managing Partner

16th March 2020

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Virtual Parish Council meetings

You will know that Barley Parish Council (BPC) cancelled its monthly meetings in April and May due to the Covid crisis. Clearly the recovery period will be longer than any of us imaged so BPC has decided to go 'virtual'.

 

The first virtual meeting will be held, via Zoom, on Monday 1st June at 7pm. This will be the Annual General Meeting, at which the Chair and Vice Chair will elected for the coming year. It will also be necessary to sign off the Annual Governance and Financial Assessment for external audit.

 

There may be additional items for the agenda which I will publish as usual closer to the meeting date.

 

If you wish to attend you will need to have access to Zoom, and I will send you the joining link if you email me at barley.parishclerk@gmail.com

 

This will be a new way of delivering our public meetings, probably for a few months to come so if you decide to join us in June, there may be a few teething problems so please be patient.

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Police Rural Newsletter - May 2020

In May's edition of the Hertfordshire Constabulary's rural newsletter, read about the local response to COVID-19, anti-social behaviour and frausters taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. 

      

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