The PPG has not been meeting since the current lockdown came into force and we have very much taken a back seat while Martlesham GP practice has been dealing with all the changes and extra pressures caused by the pandemic. However, in mid June, as the situation eased, we held our first meeting by video conference. Rachel Wilson, our new practice operations manager, explained how the Martlesham and Kesgrave practices have been working together to create separate ‘hot’ and ‘cold‘ sites.
Patients with possible COVID-19 symptoms were being seen in Martlesham and all other patients were asked to attend the Birches Surgery in Kesgrave. As far as possible, consultations have been taking place by telephone or video calls to minimise contact. At the time of writing, the hope is that both surgeries can return to more normal working in July, but greater use of phone and video appointments will continue.
Patients should continue to phone their normal practice and will be told how and where they will be seen. More information and advice can be found on the surgery website at: www.mhdoctors.co.uk