General practice is open

30 October 2020

Join us for an unformal catch up on Tuesday

After the success of last month's informal virtual coffee morning Peter and I would like to invite you to join us on Tuesday 10 November at 11:30 via Microsoft Teams. You can sign up now and the link will be sent out ahead of the virtual coffee morning.

Once again, there is no agenda and no minute taking, this is just an opportunity to share experiences of working on the front line during the pandemic and talking about what has and has not worked well.

Last month, I know Peter and I picked up some useful ideas that we were able to take forward with the relevant decision-makers. We will also do our best to answer your questions about the College’s recent activity.

General Practice is Open campaign

I know that there has been a lot of misunderstanding and, at times, some hostility from the public over our new working practices. We have discussed at length with Welsh Government and other stakeholders the need to get the message across that general practice is open.

In fairness, I think in Wales the message has been consistent from all involved, but of course with so much else being said about the pandemic it is understandable that at times this vital information becomes a little bit lost in the noise.

To help tackle that problem the College is launching a simple campaign focusing on the message that general practice is open but because of the Coronavirus pandemic, some alternatives to the way patients are usually seen in primary care have been needed.

This will be promoted across the UK and we will have both Welsh and English language messaging. You will see the headline information on our social media feeds, and we’ll make the one-page leaflet available for download.

Welcome back

To conclude this week’s blog, I’d like to offer a very warm welcome back to all the RCGP staff who have been on furlough. In so many ways it has been a tough year, but it is good to have the team back together. We can now look forward to the College offering a greater range of events and activities.

Post written by

Dr Mair Hopkin, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales

Dr Mair Hopkin qualified in 1980 and was a partner at the Old School Surgery in Pontyclun until 2019. She has served as Chair and Provost of the South East Wales Faculty, as well as being Faculty Representative to RCGP’s UK Council.

Mair has a keen interest in child development and children's and women’s health. She introduced a Well Baby clinic before it became part of the GP contract, and has co-authored a book on child health development in Wales. She has also developed an interest in medical education. She is currently an Associate Dean in the Wales Deanery.

She married a farmer and lived on a working farm for three decades. She has three children, one of whom is a GP, and four grandchildren. She is a Welsh learner.

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