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Primary Care: A month in review

Vaccines, remote care and lockdowns

Calendar

It has been a monumental 6 weeks for Primary Care and the NHS. Dominated largely by vaccine logistics, remote appointments and lockdowns.

Despite everything, Primary Care has remained open throughout to serve communities all over the UK. We’ve been pretty busy at Menlo Park too!

We round-up of the past 6 weeks in Primary Care:

December

December

1st December 2020

The start of December signified the end of a tremendous participation in Movember by everyone here at Menlo Park. We were very happy to have raised nearly £1,400 as a result of the teams magnificent moustaches and wonderful walking.

 

Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine

2nd December 2020

The UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with vaccinations scheduled to start the very next week. This was felt like the first sign of a light at the end of a tunnel; to end what has been one of the most extraordinary years in modern times.

 

5th December 2020

Public Health England release their priority ordering for the Covid-19 vaccine. Care home residents and health care workers were listed as being at the front of the queue.

Heart hand

 

Vaccination begins

8th December 2020

Margaret Keenan (90), and William Shakespeare (81), became the first two people to receive the first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. This marked the start of the UK’s vaccine delivery programme via Hospitals.

 

8th December 2020

Our annual ‘Salary Survey’, comprising of UK-wide data from GPs outlining working hours, commute, pay and more, was released. There were some interesting trends in here, compared to 2019’s survey, well worth a read!

 

16th December 2020

This day marked the start of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout via GP practices, as the first doses were delivered. On the first day of rollout, Primary Care delivered a hugely impressive 138,000 doses of the vaccine to their most vulnerable patients across the UK.

Covid Vaccine

16th December 2020

The team at Menlo Park had a premature, socially-distanced, visit from Santa himself. Armed with Hunter wellies, a beard for a mask, and a transit van full of hampers, he was ready to spread some Christmas cheer to the office.

 

NICE Guidelines for long COVID

18th December 2020

New NICE guidelines are announced, suggesting that GPs should consider long Covid referral after just four weeks. Little is still known about long Covid at this point, and less so about how to deal with it.

 

23rd December 2020

At Menlo Park, we signed off for the Christmas break. Last year was an incredibly difficult but rewarding year for the team. However, despite restrictions, splitting work between home and the office; we helped hundreds of GP practices ensure they had sufficient staffing levels to meet the extraordinary demands placed upon them.

 

January

January

New Years Honours list

4th January 2021

The annual Queen’s New Years’ honours list was announced. With GPs among those recognised for their efforts and dedication.

NHS

4th January 2021

Brian Pinker (81), a dialysis patient, becomes the first person in the UK to receive a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. A monumental day for the UK and Primary Care. The Oxford vaccine doesn’t require storage at very low temperatures, meaning easier logistics for Practices everywhere.

 

8th January 2021

GPs favour retaining remote consultations despite concerns. A topic that has split opinions since it’s forced introduction into mainstream working. On one hand, this is a much safer and seemingly efficient way of working. However, there can be issues reaching certain demographics with a lot of GPs also missing the ‘personal touch’ of seeing patients in person.

Man on phone

UK Population Vaccine plans

11th January 2021

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, pledges that the UK population will all be offered the Covid vaccine by Autumn. Certainly a bold claim; but with Primary Care vaccine capacity and efficiency ramping up, this was described as ‘the keystone of our exit out of the pandemic’.

 

12th January 2021

Primary Care is now administering 210,000 doses of the vaccine per day, less than 4 weeks on from the first dose being delivered…

Syringe

14th January 2021

Public Health England releases data on vaccine doses given linked to geography. As a result, the North-East and Yorkshire come out on top, having vaccinated 43.8% of their over-80 patients, as opposed to the national average of 34.6%.

18th January 2021

The Covid vaccination plan widens to now start vaccinating over-70s and clinically vulnerable. Certainly made possible by the incredible efforts in Primary Care to get through the first three tiers of priority patients.

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