Although Covid 19 has not gone away the ongoing vaccine campaign is helping to reduce the severity and impact of the disease.
This has led to restrictions being relaxed and knowing that we can freely see friends and family, socialise, re-engage with activities we enjoy and more confidently book holidays is wonderful news.
In Healthcare settings, however, where we regularly see and treat the most vulnerable members of our communities, we do have a continuing responsibility to be careful and to protect each other.
In accordance with this, Public Health England (PHE) has stated that existing guidance on Covid infection control will continue beyond 19 July. This means that in Hospitals, GP Practices and other health provider settings, patients and visitors will still be required to wear masks unless they are exempt. Social distancing and regular sanitising will remain, alongside all existing infection control measures.
With the increased risk of exposure to patients and staff, the increased vulnerability of those who use healthcare services, and the necessity to receive treatment these are measures we fully support.
We do ask for your support and cooperation in observing these regulations as we help each other stay safe.
This guidance will be reviewed as new detail, and evidence on COVID-19 emerges.
Please read our Guidance to Patients for Medical Services Access leaflet.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID 19 Vaccination Status
The Government has announced that from 17th May 2021, people will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccine status for travelling purposes by accessing the Patient Access or NHS app, or by calling 119.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status as GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Please see Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad at GOV.UK for further information.
Please note if you do call the NHS helpline (on 119) please ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine; the letter may take up to 5 days to reach you.
We understand that many of our patients are eager to obtain information around the Covid vaccine, at present we are working hard alongside NHS England to finalise plans and will communicate changes to you. We ask that you DO NOT contact the Practice with regards to the Covid vaccine and await further communication. We appreciate your patience during this time.
All patients attending the surgery. To protect the safety of all patients and staff it is now a requirement that anyone attending the practice has to wear a face covering or face mask which covers your nose and mouth. Unfortunately if you do not we will be unable to see you.