National lockdown announcement

We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available at:

www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

Further publication is due today (Monday 2nd November), and the Government will be writing to affected patients. The current guidance for protecting ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ groups is also available at the link above. The GPs at the surgery have no additional information above and beyond this and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.

We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings.

The current government advice about high risk groups and for protecting extremely clinically vulnerable groups is available on the Gov.UK website.

The Government will be writing to affected patients.

The GPs at the surgery have no additional information above and beyond this, and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.

For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members.

As a practice we are very sorry but unless your child was on the shielding list in the first wave or receives a letter from the government indicating they are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group in the second wave, we are unable to make decisions about them attending school.

We would suggest a discussion between the school and your family to decide on the best course of action. Most children who were shielding in the first wave are likely to be well enough to attend school in the second wave. If your child was shielding and you are unsure please arrange a telephone call with the GP who knows you best or your consultant to discuss.