PPG UPDATE  28/5/2020

I hope you are all well and coping during lock down.

As we’ve not been together for quite a while, I thought I’d give you a quick update on what’s going on with the PPG/surgery.

The surgery is still in lock down and you can only access the building if you have an appointment. A new screen has been erected around the reception desk, and the waiting room has been marked out to comply with the 2 metre distance.

Elaine and I have been working in liaison with the practice trying to secure extra PPE for the staff.  We have got scrub bags for the staff (and I understand Irena very kindly made some scrubs for a couple of the GP’s)  Elaine managed to get some full face visors donated to the practice from Chilfest.  I got some hand sanitizer from a gin distillery at cost price – we purchased 2 and they donated 3rd free.  We have just ordered some reusable masks for the staff.

Currently the surgery are desperate for more face masks, they are going through their supply quickly as every patient who visits the surgery has to wear a mask. They are now asking patients to turn up wearing their own masks where possible.  We have put a plea out via Facebook to see if anyone can help making masks, but there are a lot of rules around what is acceptable i.e type of material etc.

The sewing group who have been so generous now need help with donations of buttons (1” or larger), elastic and draw string cord, or cash donations to enable them to source the materials.  If you can help with anything please let me know pgppg@outlook.com

We had a fabulous response to our request for rainbow pictures to brighten up the surgery windows and if you have gone past you’ll of seen all of the fantastic pictures on the windows.

The health event we had planned for March is on hold which was disappointing as we had a lot of interest and 10 different outside agencies who had accepted our invitation. As soon as the surgery reopens fully and lockdown is more relaxed we can look at rearranging (obviously socially distancing).

The pop in café has obviously also had to cease but we need to start thinking about how we can start to try and reopen in maybe a slightly different format to start with i.e takeaway drinks?

One thing I’m particularly aware of is how the lockdown and isolation has taken its toll on people. This week in particular a couple of my elderly clients are really struggling with the lack of social contact, and I really think we could try and do something /somehow, I’m not sure what at the moment.

I’m also thinking that maybe we should try and do a meeting via zoom, I appreciate not all our members have computers but I think a face to face catch up with some is better than no catch up?  I’d be interested in your thoughts?

Please do not hesitate to contact Elaine or myself if you have any comments / queries.

Elaine.trump@virginmedia.com

Pgppg@outlook.com

Stay safe.