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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 is being kept as a clean site 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.                                  

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
 
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR LATEST INFORMATION:
 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Face Mask Exemption Letter

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks/coverings in various public settings.
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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#exemptions-to-wearing-a-face-covering-where-they-are-mandated
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)
you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.

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