Wear A Mask, Help Reduce the Spread
Face Mask Exemption Statement
Government guidance regarding exemptions suggests there is no requirement for an individual to produce evidence of exemption, such as a letter from a GP and therefore should be sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. In these circumstances, it is not a medical reason that requires a written letter from the GP for those who do or do not, fall under the list of exemptions.
Guidance on specific circumstances
GPs will continue to ensure that the healthcare needs of their patients continue to be met in accordance with NHS and Government guidance.
We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for patients on this issue.
Re Face Mask Exemption
The government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them.
In line with government guidelines Practices are not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:
Also See: Public Health & Transport
Covid-19 Vaccine Proof to Travel
IT IS NOT OUR POLICY TO PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINE FOR TRAVEL PURPOSES.
The government website provides guidance for those planning to travel abroad.
We do not provide 'fit to fly' letters for Covid-19
Travel advice is changing; the government website provides guidance for those planning to travel abroad.
As your GP practice, it is not our policy to issue COVID-19 certificates for international travel purposes.
SICK NOTE REQUESTS
Due to these unprecedented circumstances, we have been receiving lots of requests for sick notes for people who are self-isolating for coronavirus, the practice will not provide a medical certificate for these patients but you can download the sick note below to self-certifcate. MED3_Form DRHC.pdf
Temporary change to fit notes 20th December 2021
For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.
Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.
These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.
For more information please see: Gov.UK/Sick_Notes