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Public Health Alert

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS Has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. 

what to do if you have symptoms?

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough

DO NOT come to the surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You DO NOT need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Please visit the NHS UK site to read the advice about staying at home. - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Use the NHS 111 ONLINE coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your symptoms get worse
  • your symptoms do not get any better after 7 days

The NHS 111 online service can be accessed by visiting:  https://111.nhs.uk/

At the moment from Monday the 16th of March the surgery will be remain open however our doors will be closed. Patients who have planned scheduled appointments will be the only patients allowed to entry to the practice, please use the door bell to indicate arrival.

We would ask all other patients who DO NOT have a scheduled appointment to NOT attend the surgery and to telephone us to allow us to triage your query.

We will continue to communicate with our patients when changes occur in these developing times.

We thank all our patients in advance for your support and patience.

Dr Mallard-Smith and Partners.

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

Sickness CertificatesIf 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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