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Roadmap Out Of Lockdown for England (Spring 2021)

With lockdown restrictions easing across England and the UK, the Government have published a roadmap out of lockdown for England.

Please watch this video which explains the stages and steps of the roadmap out of lockdown for England.


The stages and steps of this roadmap can be viewed in the pictures below. Please click on each picture to view a larger version.


Roadmap 1


Roadmap 2


Social Distancing and Self Isolation Sick Notes


Social Distancing: What You Need To Do

To stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please follow government guidance on social distancing. Information can be found by clicking on the link below -

Staying Alert And Safe Social Distancing


Self Isolation Sick Notes

If you have been told to self-isolate because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and you need a note for your employer, you can now generate your own sick note via the link below - Self-Isolation And Treating Coronavirus Symptoms

To generate the Isolation note, scroll down the page and click “Get Isolation Note”.

This will take you to the NHS 111 page where patients will be asked to answer a few questions. On completion a reference number will be emailed to the patient which is the sick note.


COVID-19 Bereavement Line

St Luke's are currently running a dedicated bereavement line for people that have lost loved ones to COVID-19.

The line is available Monday to Thursday from 1300 – 1630 and the number is below:

0333 400 2358

For more information please click the link below:

St Luke's Hospice Covid Bereavement Support Line

We hope this will help in times of need.


Employer Letter Regarding The Issue Of Medical Certificates Related To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Please follow the link below to download a letter for your employer regarding medical certificates for absence from work related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Employer Letter RE: Medical Certificates


Advice For Parents With A Child That Is Sick Or Injured

Please click the link below to view a poster with information for parents on what to do if a child becomes unwell.

COVID-19 Advice For Parents When Child Unwell Or Injured


COVID-19 Patient Q&A Document

Please find below a link to a document that answers some of the common questions relating to COVID-19 that have been asked by patients across the College Health Practices.

Patient Q&A Document


Rescue Medication (Rescue Pack) Hoax

There has been an unhelpful and misleading message being widely spread on social media advising people with respiratory conditions including asthma and COPD to seek “rescue medication” from their GP.

Please DO NOT ask your GP for ‘rescue medication’ if you don’t usually have standby medication for your respiratory condition. The original post was taken down. It was posted in good faith but is potentially dangerous and is certainly unhelpful.


British Lung Foundation’s response

“We’ve been made aware of some posts on social media saying that if you have a lung condition, your GP will issue a rescue pack of steroids and antibiotics.

If you're normally advised to have a rescue pack available to treat your lung condition then it's a good idea to check you have one. This is recommended for some with COPD to be used as part of a personalised plan. For people with asthma, we do not recommend these as standard.

If someone’s asthma is bad enough to consider steroids it is essential they are assessed by a health care professional. Even at this busy time for the NHS, getting early support for any problems with your lungs is critical to keep you well and out of hospital.”


Along similar lines, please do not stockpile inhalers. If you haven’t needed one for many years don’t ask for one now. We are seeing increasing supply issues due to over-ordering. Please be patient with your community pharmacist, they are doing the best they can in difficult circumstances.


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