COVID Restriction Update
Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the Surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.
From the 19th July, nothing will change at the surgery - patients will need to still wear a face covering and socially distance and staff will continue to wear PPE.. We do understand that this can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions to protect us all.
Covid has not gone away.
In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, and by video), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months.
We have come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe as possible for ALL patients and staff. One positive case of covid within the surgery could wipe out our entire workforce for 10 days, and I'm sure you will agree, maintaining restrictions is a small price to pay in order that we continue with a full range of medical services, and keep our doors open.
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If you need a test book online or call 119. If you can not get a test or the location or time are not convenient try again later.
Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home
Click this link NHS 111 to self-declare and apply for a self-isolation note. You should answer yes to the question: “Have you been told to self-isolate by an NHS service or a healthcare professional?” and tick the box that says “I have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service” you will be able to get a self-isolation note sent to you.
CAN I GET A LETTER FROM THE DOCTOR EVIDENCING I AM EXEMPT?
The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (e.g. bus driver).
We are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
CAN I BE EXEMPT FROM WEARING A FACE COVERING WHERE THEY ARE MANDATED?
There are some circumstances whereby people are not expected to wear face coverings, and these are set by the Government. You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to and this includes young children under the age of 11; those who have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability; to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others; etc.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK AS YOUR REQUEST WILL BE REFUSED
WHY SHOULD I WEAR A FACE COVERING?
Face coverings are largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19). They provide additional protection when you are not able to keep 2 metres from others.
When used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others. They are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing.
WHEN SHOULD I WEAR A FACE COVERING?
Different regulations exist for wearing face coverings in different parts of the UK. In England, you must by law wear a face covering in the following settings:
- Public Transport (since 15 June 2020)
- Shops and Supermarkets (from 24 July 2020)
You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Further information about face coverings
For further information about Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own please go www.gov.uk.
HOW CORONAVIRUS CAN SPREAD THROUGH THE AIR
IMPORTANCE OF VENTILTION TO REDUCE SPREAD OF COVID 19
A short film released by the government shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces, and how to keep your home ventilated.
Management of children during the covid crisis
At this challenging time, it is extremely important for you to know that COVID-19 is unlikely to make your child unwell, but they like everyone else might be infectious so staying at home when well remains the message. However, all the ‘normal’ illnesses that can make children severely unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professionals even if they are unwell because of concerns about COVID-19. GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done for children . If you are not sure if your child is unwell and whether they need to be seen, click here https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national call 111 or contact your GP. For information about crying babies, click here http://iconcope.org/parentsadvice/). If your child appears severely unwell and advice is not quickly available call 999 or take them to ED as you would in other times.”