A HAWORTH GP has issued a dispatch from the frontline of family health as she deals with routine cases in a time of lockdown.

The Facebook post by Dr Jo Buckley, a GP partner at Haworth Medical Centre, this week attracted a huge following on Facebook.

Dr Buckley's chronicle of "adapting to this strange new world we live in" has been praised by Bill Graham, community involvement officer with Modality AWC, which runs the centre.

He said: "The dispatch really captures the fast pace of change, the implementation of technology and the support of patients, and is a very human example of how communication and community makes the difference.

Dr Buckley, a local fell runner, wrote: "It is strangely quiet with Haworth School’s empty playground. We have just had a delivery of delightful lilac scrubs.

"Virtually everything is being dealt with over the phone. It’s been a technological rollercoaster for some of us!

"We are managing video consults and emailing out sick notes where required. We have had to change to delivering almost all our dispensing patients' medications, and dispensary and local pharmacies have done a truly incredible job meeting demand we have never before seen.

"Also, we are trying to get as many of our patients as possible signed up to nominated chemists and electronic requesting of repeats to reduce footfall.

"Econsult seems to be going down well. It’s a great way to triage urgency. Thank you all you technophobes who have dared to use it.

"Dr Richardson and Debbie Allen have been in regular daily conference planning meetings with the other local practices for a joined-up local plan.

"Some clinicians and admin staff are working remotely. Some are in the building. We are constantly reading new guidance.

"Please keep following the government advice and keep washing those hands and avoiding touching your faces!

"Please don’t put off asking about medical worries. We still NEED to assess all the normal stuff. We don’t want to be missing sick children etc because people are worried about bothering us."