|From speaking to many of our patients in the past week it’s clear that each and every one of us is dealing with a lot: some are more minimally affected for now, but for others the impact of coronavirus is already very significant. The impacts are likely to affect more people in more ways in the coming weeks and months.
Whilst we remain, as ever, optimistic, and committed to do everything we can to continue to serve you, we have some challenges ahead. Whilst we very much hope to be able to reopen within the coming weeks, our priority has to be the safety of our patients and team, and so it may be that this re-opening is delayed either by us or by government.
With this in mind we would strongly encourage all our patients not to ‘wait until we reopen’ before taking steps to maintain your health and keep any chronic conditions under control.
There is a great deal that you can be doing now, which we can advise you on, to give yourself the best chance of feeling well and managing any pain or other symptoms between now and when you can resume face to face care.
The longer you leave it to start taking enhanced steps towards self-care and self-management of your health or health conditions, the more likely it is that you will run into issues in the coming weeks and months.
With the vast majority of local clinics now closed (and most unable to offer online care) and non-urgent NHS operations and appointments now delayed for the foreseeable future, there is likely to be a real shortage of availability of the type of care we offer in the coming months.
We therefore encourage all of our patients to start planning NOW to remain in the best possible shape and keep symptoms in check.