Dear Patients,

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


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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 

Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear

From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. 

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... 

Printable face mask exemption cards (specific reasons) 

First Transport printable face mask exemption cards (generic reasons) 

KeepSafe website – printable face mask exemption cards (fairly generic) plus lots of other plain and simple COVID-19 guidance factsheets – including in other languages

We thank you for you co-operation.

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