Local MP Tessa last week joined staff at the Vine Surgery in Street for the afternoon.
Tessa was very keen to experience firsthand how a busy surgery operates. She was greeted by Dr Frances da Cunha and Practice Manager, Dr Sharon Morgan for a tour, before sitting in on some consultations with patients. After a quick break Tessa spoke with Sharon and the Reception team about their roles and changing workloads.
Tessa also spent time meeting with the PPG (Patient Participation Group) representatives, District Nurse Lead and GP’s from other West Mendip Federation Practices.
“I was delighted to be invited to spend the day at the Vine Street Surgery. Surgeries like Vine Street provide a vital and much valued service to communities”.
“GPs are working harder than ever before to meet demand. “More than 340 million patient consultations are now estimated to be undertaken annually by GPs, up 40 million since 2008.
“Politicians take decisions every day that impact on people’s lives, It’s absolutely vital that we get a real understanding not just of the pressures that many practices are facing, but how greater support from Government would help general practice deliver even better care to patients.”
Local MP Tessa visited children at Hindhayes School in Street last week where she spent several hours speaking with children and parents before taking a tour of the school (including the kitchens, which will need to be adapted so that the school can provide free meals for all of the students from September 2014.)
Head teacher Diane Sleeman said: “We were really pleased when Tessa visited the school. She spent time with the Year 2 children in the hall where she told them about her work and they had the chance to ask questions.” The children had looked at pictures of the Houses of Parliament and were full of questions. “Tessa answered them all very honestly and the children listened attentively, we are very grateful for the time she gave up to visit Hindhayes and for the way she interacted with the children.”
Speaking after the visit, Tessa said: “It was great to see the students and staff on Friday. I talked to them about what I do – both in Westminster and in and around Glastonbury, and as always, the group had some very interesting questions. Visiting schools is certainly one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.”
4th February 2014