A new normal
So much has changed, but the need to look after your health, to seek help if there's a problem remains. Alarming statistics abound about how more people may suffer from not receiving treatment at this time than from the virus itself. That's why we are moving on with ways of treating our patients as safely as possible. I have been operating on the most urgent and complex of our patients over the last 2 months at Kent and Canterbury, and have received amazing support from the theatre and ward staff who have looked after these people. Understandably, there was anxiety, but there was also determination, resilience, selflessness. I am so grateful to everyone who's kept going to do the best we can in these harrowing circumstances.
We are developing new ways of working, and amongst this will be use of technology such as telephone or videolink consultations. We are able to offer these right now, so if you want to talk to someone, we are still here. If you need to be seen face to face, for examination, then this is possible too. We will be taking stringent precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible, whilst continuing to provide the care you'd expect. We are likely to be resuming more routine operations in the near future also, so please contact us if you want to be seen, and if you're waiting for treatment, we'll be getting to you as soon as we can.