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Please note as of 11th October we are unable to provide travel advice appointments with our nursing team due to staff shortage.

This time of year is very busy with flu vaccination programme as well as the year round demand on our nursing team. Due to staff shortages it was agreed at a practice meeting on 10th October that we will stop offering this service for the month of OCtober and will review ready for November.

Alternatives are available at the Travel Clinics in the area - but there will be a charge.

Sorry for the inconvenience but we need to make sure we can look after our patients through the winter.

 

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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