Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Important - Call 111 for advice if you're worried about a baby or child.
If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Use the quick NHS coronavirus status checker to tell us about your current experience of the virus.
This will help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus by showing where the virus is spreading and how it affects people.
Appointments can be made by either:
You may see any doctor by appointment. A chaperone is normally offered where appropriate; please ask if you would like a chaperone present during your examination.
Patients with urgent problems will always be seen promptly but it may not always be with the doctor of their choice.
Seeing the correct doctor or nurse for your problem
To avoid unnecessary doctor and nurse appointments please where ever possible make an appointment to see the doctor or nurse more suited to your problem.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else. You can cancel via online access 24 hours as day or by telephone between 8:30-6:30 Monday - Friday.
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Are you pregnant, just had a baby or are running around after a toddler? If you're struggling with how you are feeling, contact Families in Mind for a friendly chart, support, and advice.
Families in Mind aims to improve the mental health and well-being of parents of young children. We offer help for parents prior to having a child, once their child is born, and until their child or children reach school age. We also support partners of anyone with a mental health problem is required.
We support mum's and dad's of children from nought to five in Bognor, Littlehampton, Worthing, and Adur with:
For more information, please click here.
Your GP will hand you printed instructions with a telephone number and password to enable you to book your own appointment. Please note that you will be given a choice of hospital, which will also include Worthing and Southlands. If you have not heard anything within 10 working days, then phone the number on the card.
If you are referred to Worthing & Southlands Hospital as a result of an appointment with your GP, a letter will be promptly emailed to the Appointments Centre.
If you have not received details of an appointment or a letter acknowledging receipt of your referral within 4 weeks of seeing your GP, or if you have any queries, please contact the hospital as follows:
You should inform your GP during your consultation that you would like to be seen as a private patient and then a letter of referral will be sent to one of the private Hospitals. You will then receive an appointment directly from them.
Please Note: If you feel that you no longer wish to attend your appointment at the hospital we should be grateful if you would let the hospital know as soon as possible by contacting the Call Centre as above.
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.
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.
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).
We have adult and child flu vaccination appointments running until the end of December - to book, ring reception.
The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Even if you are fit and well, it is normally recommended that those who are entitled or at risk, have their free flu vaccination. If you are one of the following groups, you are at a higher risk of catching flu, which can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia.
65 and over, a patient aged 18-64 with a medical condition, lowered immunity which puts you at a higher risk if you get the flu.
According to the NHS website, if you are pregnant, living with someone with a weakened immune system, living in a long-stay care home, the main carer for an older disabled person, or a health or social worker.
Please book a flu an for children aged 6 months to less than 2 years who ALSO have a medical condition or lowered immunity.
Primary school aged children, whose school clinics have been delayed until January & also have a medical condition that puts them at risk, should also get their free flu vaccination at our surgery.
Secondary school aged children, aged 17 or younger who ALSO have a medical condition or a lowered immunity.
All preschool children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2017.
Requests for home visits should only be made if the patient is unfit to travel to the surgery.
Please telephone before 10:30 as the Paramedic practitioners make their visits during the morning and afternoon.
In an emergency visits may be requested at any time by telephoning 01903 826926. When the surgery is closed a recorded message will explain how to contact the doctor on duty at Harmoni.
Please remember that our reception staff have a very difficult task to perform, and that they must follow the doctors' instructions. If you have any questions please speak to our Senior Receptionist, Ms Lea Hatchett who is responsible for the running of our reception, including the appointment system, front desk and telephone. She will be pleased to help with any queries you may have with regard to these areas.
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
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