Due to the need for social distancing arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, from 23 March 2020, I have suspended all face to face consultations. Solicitors will be informed of this and clients offered a consultation by telephone or Skype (or equivalent). A face-to-face update can be undertaken when restrictions are lifted, should this be necessary for progression of the case.

If this is not acceptable, I will arrange an alternative appointment at some future date for face to face consultation.

This suggestion is in line with the recommendations provided by the General Medical Council to the doctors it commissions to provide independent reports regarding doctors with potential fitness to practise concerns. It parallels arrangements being made by the CQC and Tribunals Services for remote consultations and hearings.

Dr Lesley Haines MB ChB MSc MRCPsych
Independent Psychiatrist
Shrinkwork, 1 Lawson Terrace, Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 6DS
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