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Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients

Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption, therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

Current government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

 LMC letter re mask exemption

Help the fight against COVID19 

PRINCIPLE – Platform Randomised trial of INterventions against COVID19 In older peopLE

The Trial

As yet, there are currently no known treatments for COVID-19 that have been proven to be effective. Our trial aims to evaluate potential treatments as they are identified. To be able to do this, we aim to test one or more suitable, potential treatments for COVID-19, as soon as they become available. We will evaluate drugs that are well known and have been used for many years around the world. We want to make treatments that are proven to be effective as widely and as rapidly available as possible. However, we do not want to give people medication that does not work, and may simply put them at unnecessary risk of side effects. At the moment we really do not have enough information about whether any benefits from taking these drugs outweigh any possible harms from these drugs. So, we do not know yet if these drugs work for COVID19, and that is why we urgently need to do a proper trial so we have the information we need to guide the provision of best care for all.

Please note Clifton Road Surgery cannot support in any applications for the trial nor do we have further information.  Please see the attached leaflet for further information or please visit their website (via the hyperlink below):

Patient Recruitment Poster


One of our patients at Clifton Road Surgery kindly donated gloves and masks to keep our key workers safe during these uncertain times.  Thank you so much!  You will have heard on the news that personal protective equipment (PPE) is slow in reaching Practices and Hospitals if anyone is able to offer any PPE please help.  Thank you.

COVID19 coronavirus: what you need to know


If you’re concerned about #coronavirus, or you just want some more information — make sure you’re getting it from a reputable source. Visit for all the latest updates, and use the new dedicated 111 online coronavirus service. #COVID19

The new dedicated 111 online coronavirus service includes a series of quick questions to answer, and will tell you if you need medical help and advise you on what to do next. #COVID19



Find out all the latest information on #coronavirus — including symptoms, how to avoid spreading germs and a new dedicated 111 online coronavirus service — by visiting #COVID19




The new 111 online #coronavirus service can quickly tell you what to do if you think you have symptoms, or you think you may have been exposed to the virus when traveling. For this, and more information about coronavirus, visit #COVID19

If you’re concerned about #coronavirus, or you just want some more information — make sure you’re getting it from a reputable source. Visit for all the latest updates, and use the new dedicated 111 online coronavirus service. #COVID19

NHS Health Worker Awards - A big congratulations to our Primary Care Practitioner/Nurse Team Manager ..... Helen Merrigan!  Helen received a Lifetime Service Award for all her hard work and dedication to the National Health Service.  I'm sure you will join us in saying this is a well deserved award to an exceptional person, who goes above and beyond!  Well done Helen.

Please see the attached Advertiser Newspaper Article - published 27/12/18




Clifton Road Surgery is collaborating with Parkrun Rugby to promote the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices.

Clifton Road Surgery will be working with Parkrun Rugby to host an event on Saturday 7th September at 9:00am at Whinfield Recreation Ground.


What is parkrun?

Parkruns are free, weekly, timed 5k events. Everyone can join in.


Every Saturday at 9:00am


Whinfield Recreation Ground, Clifton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3SD

Parkrun is not a race. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get around. It is ok for you to walk if you don’t want to run the whole way.

If you need someone to help you come to parkrun, they are welcome to join in as well or just watch. You don’t have to go every week.

If you want to have your parkruns recorded, you just need to register online, and you only have to do this once. It is very simple. Once you have registered, you then need to print out your barcode. Your barcode can be used at any parkrun, anywhere in the world.

Once you have completed 50 parkruns, you will get a free t-shirt! The same happens for 100, 250 and 500 parkruns. If you are under 18 you get a t-shirt after you have done 10 parkruns

Each parkrun is organised by a group of volunteers. You are welcome to help out as a volunteer. There are different roles. You will be told what to do and people will help you.

Everyone is welcome at parkrun. It does not matter how fast or slow you walk, jog or run. What matters is being outside, being active and having fun!

What happens when you come to parkrun?

Rugby parkrun has its own website,, and this tells you everything you need to know, like the best way to get there, how the parking works if you come by car, and where the toilets are. It will also tell you what the course is like.

You can get in touch with the event before you go. You can do this by email, or on social media. All parkruns have Facebook pages, and lots have Twitter accounts. The event team can talk to you about anything you need to know.

You can go along just to watch and see how it works. The Run Director will be wearing a blue and white hi-vis vest. You can ask The Run Director any questions.

It is always a good idea to check the weather forecast before you set off, so you can make sure you have the right stuff with you. For example, if it is going to be hot and sunny, you may want to bring some water, some sunscreen, and a hat.

At some parkruns people run with dogs; at some there are no dogs. If this is important to you, you can contact your local parkrun to check before you go.

If you decide that you want to take part, and you want to have your time recorded, then remember to bring your printed barcode with you. If you don’t have it with you, you can still join in, but your time won’t be recorded.

Before the start, the Run Director will explain what happens to help you understand what to do. If you need extra help ask the Run Director. Marshals will be wearing yellow hi-vis vests. They are there to help out if there is a problem.

If you need someone to walk or run with you, then this is something you need to organise yourself. You can take part with a family member or a friend. It is up to you if you want to run, walk, or a mixture of both. Go at the pace that suits you.

Everybody starts the parkrun together. If you find the crowd at the start can be a bit of a problem, you can start right at the back, or off to one side, if that is better for you.

When you get to the finish, someone records your time and you are given a token which shows the number you finished. Take this token, and your barcode, to a volunteer who will scan them. There will be people there to help you. Don’t worry if you have to wait a few minutes, your time will not change.

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