Government Covid-19 rules change for England on Monday 19th July

Public Health England confirmed face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.

Please continue to wear a face covering when attending the surgery.

For the latest news on Covid-19 including demonstrating your vaccination Status  please click here

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Covid Vaccination Proof

From 17th May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel.  A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZenecca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine.  Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores
  • the NHS website
  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already.  It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119.  Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago.  It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

Chew Medical Practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your Covid-19 vaccination status. 

When you are planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website.  Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

Mask Exemptions for Airline Passengers - Covid -19

There have been reports of airlines asking for medical evidence to support mask exemptions for passengers.  The British Medical Association's (BMA's) response to these requests is that Government guidence clearly states that there is no requirement to have written evidence for an exemption for face covering rules and that people do not need to ask for proof from a doctor.

Face coverings - when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own - GOV.UK


The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated some of the most dramatic changes to working practice in the long history of the NHS.  As we emerge into a 'new normal' we are coming to terms with what General Practice is going to look like.  We are mindful of all the NHS guidance and how to interpret this in the local context.

It is very important to state that we are open for the business of General Practice.  We want to hear from you if you have new health worries; we want to hear from you if you need medication reviews; we want to hear from you if you would expect to be attending for reviews of your long-term conditions (asthma, diabetes, hypertension etc).  Much of this work will take place over the telephone or we will see you in person at the Surgery where needed.  Social distancing measures and personal protective equipment will be in place to keep you safe.

Please call to discuss any health care needs you may have.

Covid-19 Vaccination programme - update 27.5.2021

As at Friday 28th May 2021 the 3 Valleys Health Primary Care Network consisting of 9 practices across the Chew, Somer and Cam Valleys has finished vaccinating over 25,000 elderly, frail and complex needs patients in Cohorts 1-9 at the Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton.

Vaccinations will continue to be offered to our patients in Cohorts 10-12 at the mass vaccination centres.  Locally this is at Ashton Gate Football Stadium, Bath Racecourse and Bath & West Showground.

If you fall into one of these cohorts you will be contacted when you are eligible to book your vaccination via 119/online national booking service.  

This will ensure that everyone continues to have access to the vaccine and your GP Practice can turn their full attention to the needs of their patients at the surgery.  

Please do not hesitate, when it's your turn to be vaccinated please do so as soon as possible.  

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(Site updated 16/07/2021)
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