Visiting your GP Surgery
It is now compulsory to wear a face covering in shops and public spaces in Wales. This includes your local GP surgery, pharmacy, hospitals and all other health premises.
Everyone over the age of 11 will be required to wear a face covering, with limited exemptions for people with certain disabilities and medical conditions.
There are a large number of queries coming into GP surgeries around exemption certificates for facemasks. Please DO NOT contact your GP Practice for an exemption letter/certificate.
Guidance around wearing face coverings can be found on the Welsh Government website and states:
How can I show that I am not required to wear a face covering?
Whether somebody has a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering will not always be obvious. Disabilities and impairments are not always visible to others, and respect and understanding should be shown to those who have good reasons not to wear face coverings.
We advise people to carry information if possible which demonstrates why they have a reasonable excuse (for example a prescription or evidence such as a hospital appointment letter relating to a medical condition). A number of organisations such as transport operators have created cards that can be downloaded from their websites and printed.
Sufferers of certain conditions can download a face covering exemption card or badge from the below specialist sites:
British Lung Foundation
Please remember, if you or anyone you live with has symptoms of Coronavirus you should book a test online via www.gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or telephone 119
You should only be tested if you CURRENTLY have Coronavirus symptoms:
- A new, continuous cough
- High temperature
- Loss/change of taste/smell