Guidance notes for patients requesting exemption letters for Face Coverings
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.
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.
Your GP is 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. The responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here – there is also a useful website which gives clear guidance has exemption cards embedded you can use for self-declaration :
Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties.
The government has issued updated guidance to hospitals and general practices which recommends that from Monday 15th June 2020, any patient attending general practice are to wear a face covering.
In view of this guidance we would ask any patient attending the practice from Monday 15th June 2020 onwards to wear a face covering at all times whilst on practice premises.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have any of the following:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Loss of sense of smell or taste
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
If you have these symptoms please arrange to get a coronavirus test as soon as possible.
Testing appointments are for anyone aged five and over. They must be booked in advance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can call 119. The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 0300 303 2713.
Our Opening Hours
Monday: 8.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday: 8.00am- 6.30pm
Wednesday:8.00am – 6.30pm*
Thursday: 8.00am - 6.30pm
Friday: 8.00am - 6.30pm
* (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED)We have additional pre-bookable appointments are available between 7am and 8am on Wednesdays for patients who wish to be seen outside of our usual surgery hours
The Practice will be closed for Staff and GP training on the following dates:
22 July 2020
22 September 2020
15 October 2020
11 November 2020
12 January 2021
11 February 2021
16 March 2021
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URGENT GP ADVICE
Patients registered with The Wycliffe Medical Practice who require urgent medical advice can call us from 8am- 8.30am and between 6pm- 6.30pm Monday – Friday to speak to a member of our practice team with access to our Duty Doctor.
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