Face Mask Exemptions
You do not need to wear a face-covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes not being able to wear one due to:
- Physical or mental illness
- Severe distress
- Lung breathing conditions
Click on the link above to see further details and to print out a face-covering exemption card or save it to your phone to show people.
- We understand some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government announcement about the use of face masks in public areas. GP’s are unfortunately not able to provide exemption letters.
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Coronavirus – General Information
If you need information please use the website links below rather than telephoning 111, as the service is currently experiencing a high volume of calls.
If you are concerned you may have coronavirus or may have come in contact with someone who has, please go to https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 for advice on your circumstances.
Advice From the NHS in England
The advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is to stay at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms if you have either:
• A high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher).
• A new continuous cough or fever or loss of/change in smell or taste.
Other members of the household should self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of symptoms in the first household member.
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.
Use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus Service if:
• You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home,
• Your condition gets worse,
• Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days,
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online
Stay At Home advice can be found here.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry a tissue and catch your cough or sneeze. Then bn the tissue and wash your hands or use a sanitizer gel.
- Wash your hands regularly especially after being in public areas or use a sanitizer gel.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Wear a face mask https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask.
- Public health is available on the PHE .gov website (includes all government advice): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
- Test and Trace Information – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
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- #BetterHealth – https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/
Useful Links for Parents/Guardians
The thought of lockdown again may be causing anxiety and stress, not only for adults but children too. Please remember NHS Mental Hervices avaliable for those who need support.
For information on mental health services for children and young people visit – https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/camhs
Please see the News tab for other useful Links.
- Domestic abuse support during the Covid-19 Pandemic – https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19
- https://www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub – Helpline for Herefordshire 0800 783 1359
Information remains subject to regular change and updates.