Letters requesting people to shield have been sent either directly from NHS England or more recently, from the GP surgery on advice of NHS England.
These letters have been sent to patients with a variety of underlying health conditions which may make patients significantly more at risk of complications related to COVID-19.
Identifying patients is, unfortunately, not an exact science and there may be some inclusions or exclusions of patients from this list. But please be assured that we are doing all we can to identify our most at risk patients to help them stay as safe as possible.
Shielding at this time is for your own personal protection. It is your choice as to whether you follow this guidance. Should you choose to shield, this letter can be used for evidence for your employer and support from the Government.
Please consult the Government website using this link for further detailed information relating to shielding.
Thank you for your understanding at this concerning time
Stay at home – Protect the NHS – Save lives
Easy Read version of GOV COVID high risk advice
EASY READ VERSION OF GOV COVID HIGH RISK ADVICE
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to maintain the provision of safe healthcare for patients and staff,
there will be NO access to the surgery building
We continue to operate behind closed doors
IMPORTANT - IF YOU ARE ABLE TO CHECK YOUR CONTACT DETAILS PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE YOUR MOST CURRENT MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS - THIS WILL HELP US IMMENSELY WHEN WE NEED TO GET IN TOUCH AT THIS MOST CRUCIAL OF TIMES
PUBLIC TRANSPORT - PRINTABLE FACE COVERING EXEMPTION CARDS
However, some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a reasonable excuse not to. Reasonable excuses include:
- not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate (note – there are lip-reading masks available, with clear panels that make the lips visible)
- to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
- to take medication
Here are some links to sources of printable face mask exemption cards...
We thank you for you co-operation.