Mevagissey Surgery were presented with an e-bike on Monday 17th January, to assist GPs conducting home visits in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way.
The e-bike will not only help the visiting GP navigate through busy traffic in the village, but it will also help the practice keep its carbon footprint down.
Dr Dan Murphy said, “we want to promote actions in our practices for ourselves and our patients that are good for health and good for the planet. We are hugely grateful to the friends of Mevagissey surgery for their fundraising efforts and kind donation. During the summer months, it becomes very difficult to visit housebound patients in their own homes in the Mevagissey area due to the tourist influx and traffic problems within the village centre. Having an e-bike with equipment will allow us to get clinicians to patients, even on the hill tops and outlying villages! Given the current pressures on all aspects of the NHS, being as efficient as possible where we can is very important. As well as being healthier and less polluting, having an e-bike will cut journey times to visit housebound patients, freeing up time for patient care.
We are also very grateful to Amped Cycles at Indian Queens for their input and support in finding the most appropriate e-bike for the job with the budget available.”
Dr Dan Murphy has already put the e-bike to good use by making his first home visit.
The pictures are of Dr Dan Murphy visiting patient Mavis Jones at her home, and members of the Friends of Mevagissey Surgery presenting the e-bike to the surgery.