Face Mask Exemptions

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.

Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties. 

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.

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 can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport and retail 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.

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The surgery is open for pre-booked appointments only at the moment. Please contact us to make an appointment and we will be happy to help. Patients are requested to wear a face-covering when attending the surgery. PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP AT THE SURGERY WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. We will continue to operate strict social distancing measures to ensure your safety and to protect our staff and any changes to our policy will be notified via the website and by text messages. Thank you.