In line with Government guidance for people to wear face coverings in public, you are required to wear a face mask when entering the GP Practice premises. Without a mask you will not be allowed entry into the premises and unless you are exempt from wearing a mask due to medical conditions.
This section of the website will be updated on a regular basis with any information relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Covid-19 ‘Medical Sick Certification’ for Patients
The Current Government Guidance for Employers and Businesses on Coronavirus (Covid-19) States;
“By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.
We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advices issued by the government.”
Until further guidance is available, Londonwide LMCs would suggest that if needed by patients they use this letter as the practice will not provide a medical certificate for patients requiring self-isolation for coronavirus.
Please do not call the surgery to request a sick note, this is available for you to download from the ‘Our Documents’ section on the left hand side of this page where you can complete the form and hand to your employers.
The lead partners are: Dr Thillainathan & Dr Nagulesan
Practice Name: Arnos Grove Medical Centre
Help for Those Who Need it Available
Please see the ‘Our Documents’ page for more information on support and help for those who need it such as food and medication delivery which the council have advertised.
The Hub is intended to support those residents who may have needs that they or their friends and family cannot meet during the Covid-19 crisis. To date the Hub has delivered over 5,000 food parcels, received over 5,000 phone calls and delivered over 1,800 prescriptions. It is also making over 200 phone calls a week to residents asking for weekly isolation contacts. All volunteers or staff working at the hub have been DRB checked.
To access the Hub residents are asked to call 0203 821 1966, Monday to Friday 09.30 to 16:30 and Saturday/Sunday 10:00 to 14:00. Alternatively the ‘Enfield Stands Together’ webpages can be accessed at www.enfield.gov.uk/EST where help may be requested through an online form.
Update From 9th September 2020
The government has a plan to control the virus and protect the public, as well as keeping the economy and society open. That plan is working: with great collective effort, we have reduced infections significantly from its peak, and enabled the return of more normality to our lives. This is not the time for complacency; we have seen big increases in the spread of the virus in Europe and other countries. With cases increasing in the UK, we all – businesses, individuals, and government – need to take action to suppress the virus.
It is Critical That Everybody Observes the Following key Behaviours:
- Hands – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
- Face – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- Space – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
The Government has Announced new Measures to Suppress the Virus and Keep the Number of Infections Down:
- From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions. Covid-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law. See refreshed guidance on social contact, including the exceptions to the 6 person limit.
- Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. Core Covid-19 Secure requirements will be mandated for hospitality businesses, and egregious breaches enforced. The government has also published simplified Covid-19 Secure guidance.
- The government will support Local Authorities and police forces to respond to breaches of Covid-19 Secure guidelines. We will launch a register of newly qualified and recently retired Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) so that Local Authorities can recruit more quickly and fill any gaps. In addition, we will introduce Covid-19 Secure Marshals to help local authorities support social distancing in towns and city centres.
- The government will take steps to improve compliance with border requirements. We will simplify the Passenger Locator Form needed for travelling to the UK, and take measures to ensure passengers have filled out their form before departure. Border Force will step up and target their enforcement efforts at the border to ensure arrivals are complying with the rules.
- The government will review plans to pilot larger audiences in venues this month. Planned sports pilot events will be limited to smaller, safer numbers, with strict conditions to ensure social distancing, and will not take place in areas where incidence is high. We will review our intention to return audiences to stadia and conference centres from 1 October.
- The government will restrict the opening hours of premises, initially in local lockdown areas, with the option of national action in the future. This has been introduced in Bolton, following a steep rise in cases, and will seek to restrict activities that may lead to a spread in the virus.