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RELAXATION OF COVID RULES

Visiting our practice from 19th July?  Please continue to wear a face covering and social distance.  All of our COVID-19 secure measures remain in place and this will not change when Government guidance changes on 19 July 2021. Patients are asked to continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt, and to follow social distancing when visiting our GP Practice.  This follows national Public Health England (PHE) Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Guidance for all healthcare settings and will help to ensure the safety of our staff and patients at all times.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Covid vaccination status/passport news

As of Monday 17th May, you will be able to obtain confirmation of your vaccination status. Unfortunately your GP practice are NOT able to offer this service. We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

Please see click here for further information on vaccination passports. 

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS App, -which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions

The NHS App can be downloaded from the app store -  click here for iphone users  or for android users click here.

Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Kind regards 

 

We are aware of an ongoing issue with the our busy telephone lines and are addressing the issue.  You are able to submit an online e-consult for non-urgent and administrative assistance.  You can also download the NHS app for some test results and to view your online medical record. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

 

OBTAINING A COVID TEST

Please click HERE for details with regard to obtaining a Covid test locally 

IMPORTANT MESSAGES

NEW RULES RELATING TO WEARING OF FACE MASKS/COVERINGS IN SHOPS AND OTHER AREAS COME INTO EFFECT ON 24 JULY 2020 FOR ALL EXCEPT THOSE THAT ARE EXEMPT. IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE UNABLE TO WEAR A MASK/COVERING FOR AUDITORY/SENSORY/BREATHING REASONS PLEASE VISIT www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask TO DOWNLOAD AN EXEMPTION CARD TO SHOW IF ASKED WHY YOU ARE NOT WEARING ONE.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ISSUE OF LETTERS OR CERTIFICATES CONFIRMING ANY EXEMPTION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

CORONAVIRUS

PLEASE SEE OUR LATEST ADVICE WITH REGARD TO ACCESSING THE SURGERY BY CLICKING HERE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING DURING THIS PERIOD

IF YOU HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW COUGH, HIGH TEMPERATURE OR HAVE NOTICED A LOSS OF OR CHANGES TO YOUR SENSES OF SMELL OR TASTE, YOU MAY BE AT RISK OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS.  PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE HOUSE.  INSTEAD, CONTACT NHS 111 DIRECT FOR ONLINE ADVICE.

a.   For general advice with regard to the virus, from NHS 111 Direct PLEASE CLICK HERE

b.    Please also see THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE FROM HERE


Sickness Certificates

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

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, including weekends, 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, although it is not for us to become involved in an employers ineterpretation of HR issues.

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).