Tag: health

Yesterday morning, Catherine Beanland, partner at Portcullis Surgery in the heart of Ludlow spoke to BBC Radio Shropshire about how Ludlow has reacted to the Covid-19 epidemic and how our community has responded. Telling Eric Smith and Clare Ashford that she initially feared as many as 200 deaths in Ludlow, she said how proud she was of how Ludlow responded to the emergency. She praised the care homes and Ludlow Community Hospital for how their staff selflessly coped with the arrival of Covid-19 in the Ludlow area. She praised the “enormous sacrifice” of time and family life that carers in Ludlow have made. Dr Beanland stressed that we are not out of the woods yet. It’s an ongoing battle not a victory. But Ludlow has coped well because our community has worked together to prepare for the arrival of the pandemic and lockdown, and support people during it.

Resolution agreed on GPs wearing PPE at Ludlow Community Hospital

Three days ago, a row blew up about wearing Personal Protective Equipment on the wards of Ludlow Community Hospital. That row gained national and local press coverage, along with coverage on the BBC. That coverage accurately reflected the concern within our community that we thought GPs should wear PPE and that we should not be having arguments in a time of crisis. Now the whole matter has been amicably resolved and will, I hope, be quickly forgotten. Last night, Dr Catherine Beanland and Dr Chris Targett from Portcullis Surgery and ShropCom issued a statement stating that it had been agreed that GPs “working on community hospital wards should adopt additional infection control procedures given their greater exposure to patients in the community.” This is welcome and to me seems common sense.

Ludlow community outraged as local GP suspended from working at Ludlow Community Hospital

This dispute has been amicably resolved.  I thought yesterday that I would not write on this. It is not that it is a minor issue but at that point I felt it was a dispute within the NHS and not for my blog. However, there has been a very strong community reaction across all social media platforms to Saturday’s announcement that Dr Catherine Beanland has been suspended from working at Ludlow Community Hospital. I don’t intend to get involved in a dispute which appears to be about interpretations of protocols, not the safety of patients and medical professionals. I just want to convey the very loud message that I am hearing from across our community. There are more important things to deal with right now. We need all the medical professionals we can get. We need them all to work together. We need them and their patients to remain safe.

On Friday, Shropshire Council launched Community Reassurance Teams (CRT) in Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Market Drayton. The council says: “The Community Reassurance Teams are a new key service which have been created to work across the county with our communities in an effort to co-ordinate support for local residents, including businesses, with the support of town councils, parish councils, voluntary groups and community groups.” We don’t yet know how this new structure will work. From what I can see there are areas of the county without established Covid-19 support networks. We must ensure those areas have access to adequate support. But we shouldn’t duplicate effort that is well established.

All Shropshire Council car parks are free from today. That includes all car parks in Ludlow. On-street car parking charges remain in place. We have plenty of space in our car parks now, so please observe social distancing rules. The butchers, bakers, fruit & veg merchant, convenience stores, health food stores and supermarkets are open, along with the pharmacies. All stores are implementing social distancing. Town centre stores are restricting the number of people who are within the building at any one time. The Co-op on Foldgate Lane is doing the same.

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