Flu Vaccination/Covid Booster

The practice will be carrying out the above vaccinations for all patients over 80 years of age and all housebound patients only. We will be contacting these patients by letter.

Face mask – exemption letter relating to Travel

There is no requirement for a GP letter for face mask exemption relating to travel. In Scotland all airline passengers are required to wear face coverings in the airport as well as on planes. However, patients can simply explain if challenged why they are not wearing a face covering. The government guidance states there is no need for a doctor’s letter. 

“In Scotland you must wear a face covering when in an airport or on an airplane departing from or landing in Scotland. For children under 5 years of age or those with particular health conditions who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness or impairment or disability or without severe distress an exemption applies. There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt. If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you need only advise if asked that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt for one of the reasons listed above.”

If the practice provide letters at its own discretion it would be a private service and chargeable. Given the gravity of the COVID19 pandemic and concern for wider public health our Practice strongly supports the Scottish Government advice on use of face coverings. Our agreed policy is to not provide a private service which may undermine the public health message. Please see links below to government and BMA guidance.

Advice on how to travel safely

BMA guidance for Non-NHS reports