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Microsoft Teams helps GPs stay connected while socially distancing

Features of Microsoft Teams have been enabled  for all GP practices. Chat, Calendar and Calls are available to all, following the completion of a pilot project with a small number of GPs and cluster sites.  One of the GPs in the pilot has said he found it an incredibly useful tool, especially for cluster work, “We can easily message and call each other” explained Dr Simon Braybrook, who works at Butetown Medical Practice in Cardiff.

The inner-city practice has around 10,000 patients and is part of the City & South cluster. Dr Braybrook has also used the Teams features with colleagues inside his practice, and found it useful during the need to socially distance. He said, “if somebody in another room wants me to look at something , like a rash, they can use teams. They can just click on a call for me, I can answer it, we can both use our webcams to connect.”

Further work is underway to pilot more features of Teams – such as the collaboration functions – and will be made available to all practices soon.