There is no requirement for GPs to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, the Government have clearly defined the exemptions, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/
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Please wear a face covering when you come to the practice / Health Centre
Practice Policy 14th July 2020
Temple House Practice – Covid-19 – The practice policy for wearing of a face covering in a healthcare setting, and compulsory requirement in shops and on public transport
The introduction of the requirement for people to wear a face covering in shops, public transport and healthcare settings is intended to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
There are certain groups of people who are exempt from this requirement and they include:
- children under the age of 11,
- people with disabilities
- those with breathing difficulties or
- those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading.
These groups of people, their parents or guardians are able to indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.
If you arrive at Temple House Practice without a face covering, and are not in the group listed above, you may be asked to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue until you depart. If you continue to arrive for future appointments without a face covering, you may not be seen. Wearing a face covering is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our patients and staff safe.
General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a safe, service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.
There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.
General practice needs to focus all its time and effort managing those who need their help and not be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.