COVID-19

C-19 Privacy Notice - until 30/9/21

Woodstock Bower is here for you, but how you contact us might be different at the moment. Face-to-face appointments are available to patients where there is a clinical need. If you have a strong preference that your consultation is carried out face-to-face then please talk to your practice. You will be asked to first discuss your conditions over the phone or online with a member of the healthcare team to assess what would be most appropriate for you and which practice member would best provide it.

You can attend the practice in person but please ensure you follow social distancing measures and do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are self-isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing and will take some time to roll out in full. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t call your GP practice before you are invited. In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination

If you need medical advice or treatment, please ring us on 01709 560005 or, for non-urgent advice or treatment, visit our website and send us your query   – our opening hours are Monday-Friday 08:00 - 18:30

Vaccination status:

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website 

  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

FACE MASKS

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:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings
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? 

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. 



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