PPG June 2020 Update
Following the merger of Chesterfield Medical Partnership and Royal Primary Care members of both Patient Participation Groups met at a meeting in February when it was agreed that David Pipes would chair the combined group with Harry Johnson continuing as its secretary.
Members of the PPG have continued to meet in cyberspace due to many having to self-isolate and their usual facilities being unavailable during the Corvoid-19 pandemic.
Two very successful on-line virtual meetings have taken place using the Zoom app, the first during April with a follow-up in May. The group has agreed that for the foreseeable future this will be how they will meet but it is hoped that, as lockdown restrictions ease, combined on-line / live meetings will be possible as for members without internet access.
During the on-line meetings the group learned how the practice has coped with the challenges caused by Covid-19 and how it has worked with other practices in the area to provide appropriate medical cover.
They were pleased to hear that though some staff have been shielding, the implementation of remote working has meant that staffing levels have been largely unaffected and that the practice is hoping to restore many of the services that have been interrupted in recent months.