PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING

LET US PROTECT EACH OTHER FROM THE COVID 19 VIRUS

Over the past 6 months hundreds of thousands of people have died from the virus across the world including over 40 thousand people in the UK alone. 

Although infection rates are much better now, we all going out more and infection rates could rise again very easily leading to more serious illness and deaths.

Front line workers have suffered much more than others from this virus.

Employers have a responsibility to protect their staff providing front line services as well as the people using these services which in turn will protect the wider community. 

The government has now made face coverings a legal requirement in public spaces for everyone over 11 years where it is not always possible to socially distance safely.  These include NHS settings, hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries as well as shops and when travelling on public transport.

Wearing masks and face coverings may be uncomfortable and inconvenient and you may have to exercise some patience to get used to it but it is essential to keep us all safe.  

Government guidance states that the individual is responsible for obeying the law.  However if you feel you have reason to be exempt you should self-declare

See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

For public transport see https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/face-coverings.   

To enter the practice without a face covering you would need in agreement with your GP to have a documented serious ongoing physical or mental illness or disability that you take medication for. 

We would encourage everyone else to comply with the law for everyone’s safety and wear a face covering / mask as well as maintain social distancing and hand hygiene.

We all have a responsibility to protect each other as we face a deadly virus. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases.
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
 
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
 
Use this service if:

 
Useful Information:
 
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