Coronavirus FAQ

Can GPs do letters for patients that have had to cancel holidays, tickets etc. in view of their underlying health conditions?

We are sorry but we have been inundated with many similar requests. Due to the current extreme pressure the NHS is under we will not be able to provide such letters.

 

If I need to self-isolate for more than 7 days, will my GP do a follow on sick note after my self-certification?

Please refer to the government COVID19 website that will provide guidance for employers:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

Should I be working from home as I have pre-existing conditions?

Please refer to the government COVID19 website which will provide guidance for employers:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

Can I still take ibuprofen?

There has been concern about the use of NSAIDs (namely Ibuprofen, Voltarol, Naproxen etc.) in relation to Covid-19. Little information is available at present but there may be some increased risk of complications. The suggestion from the NHS Medical Director is that in view of lack of clarity patients who have confirmed of suspected Covid 19 infections use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs. This is not to say those on NSAIDs for other reasons should stop e.g. if you are taking these for arthritis etc. you should not stop.

 

Please can I order an inhaler just in case?

Due to overwhelming demand we will be issuing one inhaler only to those with a relevant diagnosis- Please do not stockpile.

 

Please can I have a letter for my employer to confirm I am self-isolating?

We are sorry but we have been inundated with many the similar requests. Due to the current extreme pressure the NHS is under we will not be able to provide such letters.

 

Can I get a rescue pack?

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus website.

 

Am I in a high risk group? / Will I get a letter / text?

If you think you are in a high risk group and are awaiting a letter, or you have received a text message, please refer to: