27th January 2022
Although the government has lifted the guidance on wearing face coverings, we continue to ask patients and staff visiting the surgery to continue to wear a face covering unless you are exempt or under the age of 5. This is to help protect our most vulnerable patients and staff.
The safety of both our staff and our patients is of paramount importance and face coverings or face masks should be worn by patients and staff in our practice setting for the foreseeable future. However, not all patients are able to wear a face covering and a patient should not be refused access to care if they are unable to, or refuse to wear a covering. For these patients, staff will ensure that they can take all reasonable steps to identify practical working solutions with the least risk to all involved. For example: offering the patient a mask, if the patient is willing to wear one; booking the patient into a quieter appointment slot, or in a separated area or providing care via a remote appointment.
A face mask can be provided for you but if you have your own face mask, as many of us do during these difficult times, please wear it; so we can save our supplies for those that don’t and our staff.
A cloth face covering should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana tied behind the head.
Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
Being Exempt from Wearing a Face Mask
Some people can't wear a face mask or covering because of a disability or severe distress.
See if you are exempt and download an exemption card. Please note that the GP's cannot write individual letters about being unable to wear face coverings.