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 clinically vulnerable groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about those at a higher risk in clinically vulnerable groups is available on www.gov.uk/guidance.
As per government guidance, patients are advised that medical appointments are deemed essential and individuals may leave their homes to attend the surgery or clinic.
At this time we are unable to offer home visits to patients unless they are housebound.
Flu vaccination clinics are continuing and we are not planning to amend or cancel these, as they are considered essential medical appointments. Again, we are unable to offer home visits for vaccinations unless the individual is housebound.
Further publication is due Monday, and the Government will be writing to affected patients who are in the group defined as clinically extremely vulnerable. The team at Tamar Valley Health have no additional information from what the Government has announced above and are unable to deal 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 decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. It’s not something that we can help with. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide on the best course of action.
We have not been asked to make any significant changes to how we operate at this stage, so please continue to access the practice as you have been doing during the pandemic. Please remember to contact us online or via telephone wherever possible to reduce the number of people in the surgery at any one time to ensure that social distancing measures can be followed, enabling the practice to maintain a COVID-secure status.
We will ensure to keep you updated via Facebook and the Practice website with any significant changes we may be asked to make during this evolving situation.
Many thanks for the continued support and cooperation of all of our patients and visitors.