Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.
From the 19th July, nothing will change at the surgery, patients will need to still wear a face covering and socially distance and staff will continue to wear PPE. The number of patients allowed into the waiting area will also continue to be restricted. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people. Covid has not gone away.
In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre covid (face to face, by telephone, and by video), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months.
We have come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe as possible for ALL patients and staff. One positive case of covid within the surgery could wipe out our entire workforce for 10 days and I’m sure you will agree, maintaining restrictions is a small price to pay in order that we continue with a full range of medical services, and indeed keep our doors open.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID 19 Vaccination Status
The Government has announced that from 17th May 2021, people will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccine status for travelling purposes by accessing the Patient Access or NHS app, or by calling 119.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status as GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Please see Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad at GOV.UK for further information.
Please note if you do call the NHS helpline (on 119) please ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine; the letter may take up to 5 days to reach you.