Face coverings exemption - advice and printout cards

Face masks, or a suitable covering over the nose and mouth, will be mandatory in shops in England from Saturday 24th July, and have been mandatory for some time on public transport. While we would want to encourage everyone to wear a fask mask in these circumstances if possible, there are some legitimate exemptions. The full Government advice on this is available on their website. The list of exemptions is as follows: young children under the age of 11 not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress if you are travelling with or provi

Recovering from Post-COVID syndrome

There is increasing recognition that although most people recover without any problems from COVID, for some people the recovery can be prolonged, with recurring cycles of symptoms, especially fatigue. Although the overall trend still seems to be a gradual recovery, there are still many unknowns as to why this happens, or, most importantly, what to expect in recovery. Although it will be a while before we know the answers to some of these questions, there are still some good guidelines to follow, since post-viral fatigue is not unique to COVID; it has been seen with the SARS and MERS, the other coronaviruses that have causes epidemics in recent years, as well as viruses such as Glandular Feve

Should I Wear a Face Mask to The Surgery?

There has been a lot of information in the news recently about the wearing of face masks in public places. When you come to the surgery, the doctor or nurse will wear a face mask, gloves and a disposable apron during your appointment. We would also encourage patients to wear a face covering - this does not need to be a mask, a scarf is just as effective. This will help keep you, other patients and our staff safe when you are visiting the surgery. Thank you for your understanding.

The GP Consultation Reimagined: A Tale of Two Houses

If you are wondering what Binscombe doctors do on days when they are not in the practice, sometimes they spend the time catching up on life, resting or looking after their family, and sometimes they are involved in other work or engaged in projects. Martin Brunet used to teach GP Trainees when he wasn't in the practice on a Thursday, but gave up that role 18 months ago in order to write a book about the GP consultation. This was published at the beginning of June by Scion Publishing Ltd. Although the book has been written for healthcare professionals who work in primary care, we thought our patients might like to hear the news about the book. If you want to know more about it then you can 'l

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