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Praise for Cumbria’s GPs during extreme weather

stethoscope[H]ealth leaders have praised Cumbria’s GPs for going above and beyond to continue to provide a service during the recent severe weather.

Every GP Practice across north Cumbria was able to see or speak to patients in need, ensure vulnerable patients had access to the right support and respond to worries and concerns, after the severe snow swept on February 28th.

Cumbria’s out of hours doctors service Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) also supported other services including Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice Jigsaw as well as responding to urgent requests overnight and over the weekend in the extreme conditions.

Caroline Rea, director of primary care for NHS north Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We know we have some outstanding teams here in Cumbria with doctors, practice nurses and the whole surgery staff working as flexibly and as hard as they could to meet the needs of their patients.

“We appreciate it has been a really challenging time and wanted to say a really heartfelt thank you to our practice teams for the way they stepped up to the challenge, and the real ‘just get on with it’ attitude they showed.

“We would also like to thank patients who recognised the extreme pressures on services we are grateful for their support.”

Patients who had to miss appointments – with GPs, community and mental health services or at hospital – are advised to call to rearrange those appointments. The appropriate telephone number will be on your appointment card or letter.

Patients are also reminded that while for most parts of the county the weather is much better, it will take some time for services to catch up.

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