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Government Legislation on Face Coverings

We have had numerous requests from patients requesting exemption letters so that they do not have to wear face coverings. Unfortunately we cannot provide exemption letters and we will not tolerate abuse from patients.

This is not a surgery policy it is Government legislation. Patients should wait to hear further government guidance.  Thanks you for your patience during this difficult time.

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Main Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if You Have Symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy. For a medical emergency only, dial 999

For general information on coronavirus see:

The below link is from Australia but it offers some excellent advice and health tips as we come to terms with the spread of Covid-19 and also a good guide to self-isolation or quarantine with Covid-19:

Click here for more guidance on Coronavirus from Gov.UK.