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Coronavirus Update  

In order to maintain the integrity of the service we offer to the community, it has been necessary to make several urgent operational changes.  All patients that have an existing appointment need to be screened for symptoms of Coronavirus by telephone and/or text before they can be seen. 

Patients with suspected Coronavirus should not come to the surgery; they will be directed to the NHS 111online checker for advice.   https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19     

Consultations will be by telephone wherever possible as we must avoid any infectious patients entering the building to protect the health of our most vulnerable patients. 

Thank you for your kind thoughts and understanding at this challenging time.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).

 
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