All patients attending the surgery for appointments are encouraged to wear a face covering. This can be anything that covers your mouth and nose; a mask, a scarf etc. This precaution is in line with changing government guidance and is designed to keep you and our staff as safe as possible when you are in the surgery.
In settings where face coverings are mandated in England, there are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, whereby people are not expected to wear face coverings in these settings. There is no requirement for evidence of exemption, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this for legitimate reasons, and there is no requirement for GPs to provide such letters.
For more information on exemption from wearing a face covering, and list of legitimate reasons not to wear one, please view the ‘Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own’ page on the Gov.uk website.
If it would help you to feel safer, you can download exemption cards to carry with you: www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask.