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We have been working hard getting the practice ready to restart. All our operating procedures have been reviewed and re arranged, to maximise safety for all our patients and staff. We have a little more work to get done, including the fitting of an air evacuation system in each surgery, to remove any contaminants to increase safety, and get the surgery ready for reuse more quickly. Staff training has been undertaken to ensure everyone knows what to do when, but there are bound to be a few hiccups as we learn to live with a new way of working. The air purifiers will be fitted when they arrive hopefully the beginning of July.
We have a new dedicated phone number that will be in use at weekends 9am to 5pm for emergencies, and during the week, as another way of contacting us, or leaving a message if the practice phone line is engaged and you cannot get through. You can speak directly to Jackie, text your arrival at the practice, or leave a message, however you want to contact us. The number is 07593 975192.
With emergencies at weekends, it will still be very difficult to arrange face to face appointments at the moment, except in a few exceptional circumstances. We will be available to offer advice and see what we can do. Initially we cannot offer normal fillings etc, as we are awaiting supplies of masks, which have been ordered and are on their way, but we are hampered by supply chains and everyone wanting them as all practices re open and they are still in short supply. Hopefully in time, things will get better as manufacturing starts to reopen and supplies can be brought in. I have trained as a mask test fitter whilst off, so I can fit masks for my staff, but I am awaiting supplies of the testing hoods and chemicals so we can start.
To wear these masks and to be trained in fit testing, my beard had to go.To wear these masks and get a good seal, you must be freshly shaved and have no stubble.
To make up for my beard loss, and to help my Lions Club raise money for worthy causes, a newspaper article with photos of me before and after will hopefully appear in the local press. We are still getting lots of appeals for help at this time, but fundraising opportunities to raise money are extremely limited. If anyone would like to contribute money to help, to make up for my beard sacrifice, please contact Lion Richard Johns at 6, The Ridings,Bognor Regis and send a cheque made out to `Bognor Regis Lions Club`, and any donation will be much appreciated.
Stay safe and hope to see you very soon.