Senior clinical staff praise Cheshire's GPs for pandemic response .

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NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Clinical Chair Dr Andrew Wilson and Accountable Officer Clare Watson

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Cheshire's GPs and practise staff have been praised by health leaders for their continued efforts in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Andrew Wilson, Clinical Chair of NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group,
commended the dedication shown by staff to help expand remote consultation and provide a safe service for patients.

Phone, video or electronic consultations are now essential as a first port-of-call during the pandemic, in order to establish whether a traditional face-to-face consultation is required.

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Dr Wilson, a GP in Sandbach: "COVID-19 remains a huge challenge for everyone working in health and care services.

"In General Practice, one of the main considerations continues to be how best to protect people from COVID-19 – in buildings not designed with social distancing in mind – while maintaining services.

"The response from Cheshire’s GPs and primary care colleagues has been
outstanding.

"The rapid roll-out of digital appointments has enabled people to continue to be able to access GP advice while, at the same time, minimising the risk of the spread of the virus.

"People can still see a GP face-to-face when they need to and, where somebody
is unable to access a digital appointment, alternative arrangements are in place to
ensure nobody is disadvantaged."

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Clare Watson, Accountable Officer of NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning
Group, said: "I would like to thank all of Cheshire’s GPs and practice staff for the
hard work they have undertaken during the pandemic to date and also acknowledge that the current demand for GP services has increased significantly.

"Our practices are as busy as ever, if not busier. The practices’ focus is on providing the best care possible for their patients during the autumn and winter months."

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