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.
GPs are unfortunately 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, whether in regard to their use on public transport or in any other setting as required by legislation.
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.
In the case of face mask use on public transport, 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 on public transport can be found here:
Some people don't have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.
We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.
COVID-19 ROTHERHAM RESPONSE UNIT
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME? IS A FAMILY MEMBER ISOLATING AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO GO OUT?Â
Muhafiz volunteers are assisting people and delivering essentials - this is a FREE service.
- They will get in touch and get a list of requirements or essentials
- Finally, they will leave the essentials outside your home or on the drive.
Driving License Expiries During COVID-19
During COVID many drivers’ license's have expired and the DVLA gave extensions so that they could continue to drive and work. For many drivers though this extension is coming to an end. Drivers are now being told by DVLA to ask their GP if they are “fit to drive” so that they can continue to drive under Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988).
Stating a person isn't fit for driving can have a huge impact- therefore, our policy for this is that if the GP has any doubt about the decision of being fit for driving, they will decline the offer of providing assurance/ opinion to the DVLA, and instead they will only send factual information from your health record.