Following on from the Government’s announcement last week to ease some of the lockdown measures we are aware that some people will now be returning to work.

Some people will be anxious about returning to workplaces where adequate social distancing measures have not been put in place by their employer. We would ask that in such situations patients should discuss the issues with their employer – employers should be making reasonable adjustments and performing appropriate risk assessments for their staff using occupational health support if necessary. A fit note from a GP should not be required. 

Some of our patients have recently been incorrectly contacted by the Government advising them that they are at high risk of complications from covid 19 and they should be shielding.  We have complained to NHS Digital about this situation and they are looking into it. If you receive such a message or letter that does not seem correct please contact the surgery. A receptionist will take your details and one of the GPs will review your notes to determine whether you are at high risk or not.

We are aware of a possible scam regarding cervical screening. Some women are being contacted by text message – this claims to be from the call and recall service for smears and advises them that they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details. These messages are NOT from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. The Action Fraud Line has been contacted. If you receive such a message please do not respond to it. If you need advice about when your next smear is due, please contact the surgery and we will be able to advise you.

You may have read in the Yorkshire Evening Post that the practice is involved in covid 19 research. We are a long established research practice and have been involved in various research projects over the years. We are currently in the early stages of planning for 2 covid 19 trials which may result in us asking some patients to be involved – the practice will contact any patients who may be suitable for this in due course.

Dr C Hirst