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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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

 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

 https://secure.phc.ox.ac.uk/aande

 

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 nhs.uk/coronavirus 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 nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

 

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 nhs.uk/coronavirus. #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 nhs.uk/coronavirus. #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 nhs.uk/coronavirus 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

Awards

Tests

Sometimes, various tests such as blood tests and urine tests etc., may be required by your GP.

If you need to have a blood test, your doctor will print a blood test form for you which you must pick up from reception.

WE DO NOT TAKE BLOOD TESTS HERE AT THE SURGERY.

You must take the blood form to Rugby St Cross Hospital to the blood department to have your test taken.

The hospital strongly advise all patients to use their new online appointment system before attending for a blood test to avoid any disappointment. The new service helps patients, their carers and family members to plan their hospital visit better, helping to reduce clinic waiting times and enabling patients to be seen much more quickly.

Walk-in appointments remain available dependent on availability, however you may have to wait for the next available appointment time. Please note that walk-in patients will be given an approximate time slot and this may vary.

Once they have filled all allocated slots, they can no longer accept walk-in appointments and you may need to revisit the hospital to have your blood test on another occasion.

To book your blood test appointment

If you have been asked to have a blood test by your GP, please book an appointment at the hospital using this link:

https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/uhcw.php

Blood tests for children (16 years and below) must be booked on line.

As part of an ongoing initiative to improve waiting times for blood tests across Coventry and Warwickshire, UHCW are pleased to offer children’s appointments for blood tests. They encourage all younger patients and their parents or guardians to book an appointment for the child’s (16 years and below) blood test at one of their main sites; UHCW, GEH, Rugby St Cross or City of Coventry Health Centre. Appointments can easily be booked at https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/uhcw.php

This is critical to ensure that the service allocates a longer appointment and two phlebotomists for our youngest patients, to make sure they are not rushed and the best patient experience is achieved.

 
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