Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial

Hello again friends, and welcome to this, our Winter 2021/2022 edition of Community News, bringing you the local news and information you need. This Editorial is a little different; as we finally get to grips with coronavirus, we reached out to gauge opinions and gather comments on how local businesses and organisations are recovering.

Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre reported a slow return to normality, and is “busy taking on new activities, party bookings and arranging our own autumn events. Although social distancing restrictions have been lifted, we’re still being cautious with room capacities to allow people a bit more space. We are also encouraging visitors to wear masks whilst in communal areas, and provide hand sanitiser and cleaning materials in all rooms.” It’s also fully prepared for another lockdown, but is more optimistic now than 12 months ago, with “things picking up quicker than we expected”.

“No,” replied Lingfield Chiropody and Podiatry, when asked if business was back to normal. “I’m still wearing additional PPE, requesting that patients use masks and hand gel on entry, asking screening questions, and leaving ‘fallow’ times between appointments. If we go into lockdown again, we’re prepared, although medical appointments do not seem to be affected by subsequent lockdowns in the same way as the beauty and hospitality sectors are.” However, it is more optimistic now than it was 12 months ago, having “accepted that we now work in a different environment, and I don’t anticipate returning to previously accepted best practice standards for a long time.”

Sarah Casbolt, from Acupuncture Healthcare, said: “My clinic doesn’t look exactly as it did before the pandemic, but I think the changes we still have are here to stay. We continue to avoid crowding in reception by asking people to arrive at their appointment time or wait outside, we have gaps between patients for airing and cleaning, the patient and practitioner both wear masks, and we carry out screening of patients before the appointment. And yes, we’re prepared for another lockdown,” she added, “and we haven't relaxed any of our safety measures. I’m also more optimistic now than 12 months ago, and I think people generally value their health and wellbeing more highly now, as we have seen how quickly and easily things can change. My patients are trying to take control of their health and do whatever they can do get the most out of their lives.”

Tell us your views on how things are going, how you think things have changed, and your plans for 2022 by dropping us a line in time for our Spring Edition. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy yourselves over the autumn and early winter, support local events and businesses, and have a great Christmas and New Year.

The Community News Team

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