England's lockdown rules ended on 19th July. It will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a mask or face covering and the social distancing rules are being removed.

However, the public are reminded that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. 

Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

Rates of Covid-19 are increasing across the region. We are already experiencing staffing issues as a result. We cannot therefore afford to change our current infection control procedures. 

Public Health England have made it clear that it is reasonable to decline to see a patient face to face if they refuse to wear a face covering when not medically exempt from doing so.

We thank all our patients in advance for their understanding and compliance with these rules and would like to reassure our more vulnerable patients that the Practice remains a safe place.