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CORONAVIRUS - More information can be found (right hand column; COVID-19 Information)


We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Further publication is due Monday and the Government will be writing affected patients. The current guidance for protecting extremely clinically vulnerable groups is available here and is a useful link to send to patients. The GP’s at the surgery have no additional information about and beyond this and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.


For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members. As a Practice we are very sorry, but the decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. It’s not something that we can help with. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide the best course of action.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

All staff & volunteers of this practice recognise they have a duty to safeguard children who present to this practice.  This practice will take all reasonable steps to ensure that any evidence of child maltreatment in relation to physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse is identified and acted on.

Any suspected cases of child maltreatment will be brought to the attention of the Lead GP and practice manager within 24 hours.

The Lead GP will:

· Listen to the concern and if appropriate, notify social care.

· Seek advice from safeguarding colleagues in health & social care.

· In cases of immediate serious threat the practice will inform the police and social care.

The notification to social care will be by telephone and in writing within 3 working days.

 

 
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