I hope you all had a great summer and hope you didn't melt too much! It is a case of "Be careful what you wish for!...."
It was a moving event on the 19th September, with our dear beloved Queen's funeral. A truly momentous occasion. I feel very privileged to have lived in this era, which will be talked about for centuries. We now embark on a new age - the Carolean era, and I wish our new King, Charles III all the best in his new role as our Monarch.
I myself, worked on the bank holiday as I felt a duty of care to my patients (who were happy for me to come) but I know many of you took the chance to relax and prepare for a busy period ahead.
With 3 months until Christmas, this is a very busy time for us all and I advise that you continue to wear a mask when seeing patients as their "cold" may be Covid (I know, I've had it happen to me!). It is a sinking feeling when you are busy attending to their feet to be told that they "tested positive for Covid this morning" or "It's only a cold" and they call an hour later to day they have Covid! Thankfully, we are still able to obtain free Covid testing kits so make sure you have some spare.
We will have to learn to live with this virus and it is great to know that the majority of us and our patients are fully vaccinated, with some about to have their 5th vaccination and flu jab.
Continue testing if you need to, continue wearing PPE, and continue with aseptic procedures (as I am sure you do),and don't forget - we are now coming into the influenza time of year!
Please refer to the Government website on Living Safely with Respiratory Infections, including Covid for more information.
Please contact me if you require any further information on the "contact us" section of this website, and I wish you well in your practice.
Deborah Mercer Chairman BCPA/BAFHP