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Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients

Practices are reporting increases in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.

The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).

Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.

Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves, see for example this information from First Bus and Arriva.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

From 30/03/2020  Charlton Road Surgery will be closed temporarily  until further notice.

THE SURGERY DOORS WILL REMAIN CLOSED

Dear All,

In view of Covid- 19 (Coronavirus ) we are taking urgent measures to protect patients and staff. Limiting face to face encounters. As such, from 16/03/2020:

-Total telephone triage

- No Walk-ins(GP doors will be closed )

-Face to face appointments by invite only

If FEVER AND /OR NEW CONTINOUS COUGH( EVEN IF MILD)

SELF-ISOLATE FOR 7 DAYS

(no need to contact 111 or GP surgery)

call 111 - if symptoms worsening or not improved after 7 days

call 999 in emergency

 

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Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

Blood appointments booked with the practice nurse are morning only bookings. 

Phlebomtomy Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, are available on Monday-Thursday 8.00am to 6.00pm and Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm.  Please remember to take your blood request form with you.

 

 
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