Dr Panesar outlines some of the changes on the 19th of July
The government has now released information regarding changes that will be effective from the 19th of July onwards with regards to Covid-19 restrictions designed to limit the spread of Covid-19. This update describes the changes for our practice.
As you may be aware the NHS has made fantastic progress vaccinating our communities against Covid-19 and the government has now released information regarding changes that will be effective from the 19th of July onwards. This includes easing in restrictions designed to limit the spread of Covid-19.
We welcome this positive step but at the same time we would like to offer some advice to our patients to keep themselves safe as there remains a road to travel before we are at the end of the pandemic. As well as the government’s announcement to ease restrictions the advice given by the health secretary includes aiming to meet people outdoors where possible and that it is “expected and recommended” that people should wear face coverings in crowded public settings such as public transport.
We have been implementing these changes at the practice and from the 19th of July 2021 we will be changing to free footfall in our reception areas at the Lambley Lane and Apple Tree sites. We would continue to ask our patients to wear face coverings when attending their appointments and maintain social distancing indoors. Our staff will be continuing to wear PPE and maintaining social distancing. This is all in an effort to minimise the risk of an increase in spread of Covid-19. NHS premises are higher risk for Covid-19 compared to other venues as people attending a health centre are already unwell and the risk of meeting COVID-19 because of that is higher. We want to minimise that risk at all times.
For those patient that are in the higher risk groups we would advise continuing to think particularly carefully about additional precautions that may help to reduce the risks of acquiring covid-19 such as maintaining social distancing, meeting people outdoors and considering the use of face coverings more broadly.
We have a way to go to be out of this world wide pandemic but the progress on vaccinations and consequent easing of restrictions is one big step forward. We would like to once again thank our patients for their support in this most difficult time.
Dr Panesar and #teamIVY