Lockdown life returns

23 October 2020

This week sees the return of strict lockdown regulations for all of Wales. While the majority of the population are being asked to stay at home, GPs and their teams across the nation will be continuing to resource general practice, just as you have done throughout the pandemic. The blog last week, highlighting this very fact, now seems very apt and timely for us. RCGP Wales will continue to publicise the good work you are doing and support all and any efforts to ensure politicians, decision makers and patients know it too. Keep going, you’re doing a superb job!

Look after yourself

With that all in mind, I want to revisit something we’ve touched on before, and that’s taking the time to look after yourselves. Now, of all times, there’s a risk that GPs and their teams don’t feel they have the time to take stock of wellbeing, and to make it a priority. The College has some handy tools to support you, particularly in light of COVID.

Welsh Government update

Lastly, you’ll have seen the letter from the Welsh Government this week, outlining a number of changes to GMS, including changes to Direct Enhanced Services, designed to give assurance and support for general practice over the coming 12 months. The letter also praised general practice for the way we have rolled out flu vaccinations with social distancing in place.

We’re keen to hear stories of how you’re managing and coping with it - have you got an innovative or novel way you are organising it, or are you finding it impossible. We want to hear from you either way, to help share best practice and to understand the challenges you are facing. Please get in touch.


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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