Our GP’s have continued to see patients in person during the pandemic, but as with many other NHS services, the number of face-to-face appointments has reduced to protect patients and staff, particularly those at higher risk if exposed to such a potentially lethal virus.
Despite the relaxation of lockdown measures, Covid-19 is still circulating and new variants remain a concern, so to continue protecting patients, we seek to limit how many can be in the surgery at any one time.
Revised guidance encourages face-to-face appointments to be offered and we will continue to do this where a clinical need is established and indicated. Covid-19 has required us to reassess how we manage demand for patient care. Going forward phone, video, online and text consultations with patients will continue to play an important role in safe clinical care and providing good access.
Alongside providing primary care services to our patients, we have also vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Taunton Central Primary Care Network Hub, in our Practice, at care homes and for the housebound. This is an amazing outcome with huge benefit to the health of the local community. Our staff, both clinical and non-clinical have worked incredibly hard and we are hugely grateful to them for what they have accomplished.