NHS COVID PASS EXEMPTION
Medical exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination and testing
You can apply for a medical exemption if you cannot get vaccinated, or vaccinated and tested, for medical reasons.
You'll be able to get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues when your medical exemption is confirmed.
Find out who can apply and how to apply for a medical exemption on GOV.UK.
FACE MASKS AND FACE MASK EXEMPTIONS
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. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings.
Patients have to self-declare they are exempt from wearing face masks during the COVID19 Pandemic.
Click here for more information about exemptions and how to obtain one.
GPs DO NOT PROVIDE LETTERS FOR MASK EXEMPTIONS
Further guidance on wearing a face mask can be found on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:
- young children under the age of 11
- not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
- to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
- to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
- to eat or drink, but only if you need to
- to take medication
- if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering
There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:
- If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification
- If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication
GETTING A TEST call 119
Where can I get information about testing?
Any patients requiring information about testing can go to the website Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
COVID SYMPTOM CHECKER
We are encouraging patients to download the Covid Symptom Tracker app - please click on the link below.
By using this app you're contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.
This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.
The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King's College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a health science company.