Post 19th July Face Covering Guidance and Social Distancing
Dear Patients of Groombridge and Hartfield Medical Group,
We have changed the way we work to cope with the pandemic since March 2020 in order to keep patients and staff safe. Thank you for your help during these very difficult times.
Over the past few months we have started to open up more services to our patients and we want to restore as many of our services as quickly and as safely as possible. This will involve more patients visiting the practice and this must be done in a safe way to protect our patients and staff.
Many of the patients who need to visit the practice have varying degrees of immunosuppression and are potentially clinically extremely vulnerable Despite having both vaccinations some of these patients will not be fully protected. We have a duty to safely treat all of our patients and therefore we want to provide as many additional services as possible whilst still being able to safely treat our vulnerable patients. We believe that additional protection can be provided by asking all entering the practice to continue to wear a mask or face covering.
This is going to become even more important as we enter the winter season and the circulation of airborne viruses and infections increase.
We are asking that all patients and visitors to the surgery to continue to wear masks or face coverings when entering the building, in communal areas, moving around the building, when visiting dispensary and whilst in the waiting room. You may be asked to remove your mask or face covering for examination only.
We will continue to operate a 1-way system as well as having restrictions on the number of patients in our waiting area.
We will keep all of this under regular review and thank you once again for your assistance and support.