A message from our doctors:
There is unprecedented demand for flu vaccination this year, delivering the flu clinics is more problematic than usual taking account of social distancing and infection control, additionally we can only provide enough appointments to match the vaccination supplies that are expected. Vaccine is delivered in various batches and the timing of the flu clinics is driven by the expected date of arrival of the vaccine.
This year we shall be providing many more weekend flu clincs; these will be staffed by our core team, meaning many of the staff at Whitehill are having to give up their weekend to provide the service on top of their normal working week
IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE – COVID-19 PLANNING
We are continuing to provide primary care services while doing what we can to protect both staff and patients, therefore we are having to adapt out working environment and plans.
Fairford Leys Surgery has limited appointments and is NOT open to patients.
The doors at Whitehill Surgery are being kept closed to all except patients that have been called in after being triaged and those patients who have essential appointments; all patients need to be screened for symptoms. If you need to book an essential appointment please call 01296 424488.
We do not have all the answers regarding Coronavirus so would suggest that you check out the Public Health England website for up to date guidance.
We appreciate your patience and hope you will do all that is advised to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
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Face Mask Exemption Letter
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering. The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
In respect of public transport, the responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but who considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
Remember: face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing. It is important to follow all the other government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have recent onset of any of the most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):
a new continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)