Beacon Medical information:

We understand this can be a worrying time for patients so firstly we want to reassure you that the practice is open and you will always be able to get in contact with a member of the team as needed.  Please contact us if you need to.

We continue to follow the government's advice and to take the risks of coronavirus very seriously.  We have put in place a series of measures designed to protect our staff and patients as much as possible, including minimising the number of people in the building in order to protect our patients and staff. 

Please do not contact Beacon Medical if you think you have coronavirus and do not attend the practice unless specifically asked to do so.  

We have introduced an intercom system at the front door (in the foyer).  Please press the button for Beacon Medical when you arrive for your appointment.

To protect our staff and patients we are screening everyone at the front door.  Please be truthful when giving your answers as any contact with practice staff potentially puts our staff and other patients at risk.

Click here to read a letter to patients about the new ways of working.

We have produced a FAQ document about booking appointments and ordering prescriptions.  Click here to read it.

Covid-19 vaccination

We are working with our NHS and council colleagues to get the vaccine to those eligible as soon as it is available. Patients will be contacted when the vaccine is available to them. 

Please do not contact your GP practice regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.

Support for people who've had Covid-19 - Your Covid Recovery

Your COVID Recovery is an online platform (www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk) containing general information on all aspects of recovering from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. The site offers general advice on recovery, returning to work and information for families and carers of patients with post-COVID syndrome (also known as Long COVID). It also signposts to other agencies such as the British Lung Foundation and the Samaritans.

Government/NHS information (click the links):

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).   

Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus now

Check your symptoms using NHS 111.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable.

Click here to get an isolation note.  Please do not contact us unnecessarily for certificates.

We have prepared a letter for patients and their employers about sick notes (Med3s)  for people with coronavirus.  The letter is our reply to any request for a sick note/letter from the surgery.

Please see the government's guidance on staying safe outside your home and how to wear and make a face mask.

Please see this video about the importance of ventilation in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients

We have had requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.  Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption - it should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).  GPs are, therefore, not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.  Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves, see for example this information from First Bus and Arriva.

Click here rules about face coverings in England.

Published: Jun 24, 2020

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