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We know that many of our patients will have questions following the government’s announcement regarding the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. Click here for information.

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Zero Tolerance Policy

A number of our staff have recently experienced foul and abusive language or behaviour from a minority of patients. This is not acceptable and we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour towards our staff – all of whom continue to work tirelessly during this pandemic. In line with our zero tolerance policy, if you are found to be abusive towards members of staff then appropriate action will be taken

Please be aware that it is not a GP’s responsibility to issue school letters of absence for your children, regarding COVID-19 or other illness. Government guidance is that school attendance is mandatory unless your child is self-isolating, has symptoms of COVID-19, is close to someone who has COVID-19 or has received a letter advising them to shield.

COVID-19 Fit note information

Please be aware that it is not a GP’s responsibility to issue school letters of absence for your children, regarding COVID-19 or other illness. Government guidance is that school attendance is mandatory unless your child is self-isolating, has symptoms of COVID-19, is close to someone who has COVID-19 or has received a letter advising them to shield. *

The message from Public Health to parents in Lancashire is that you should continue to use the national portal or 119 to arrange a test for your child, and you should not contact their GP. Anyone who tries to book a test and is unable to do so, or who is offered a location or time which is not convenient, is being asked to please wait a few hours and then try again.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and requests for fit notes (Med3)

If you feel you need to stay off work due to reasons relating to COVID-19, and are unsure if you need a fit note, your request for absence from work will fall into one of five categories:

  1. Personally affected – isolating for ten days
  2. Personally affected – remaining unwell for over ten days
  3. Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group – following government advice
  5. Those in full time education

 

1.  Personally affected – isolating for ten days

You should self-certify for the first ten days as normal if you are unfit to work.

You do not need to contact your GP.

2.  Personally affected – remaining unwell for over ten days

If you remain unwell and unfit to work after ten days, visit www.111.nhs.uk and complete the online self-assessment. You may be asked to call 111 for further advice on the next steps regarding your illness/fitness to work.

You do not need to contact your GP.

3.  Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice

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4.  At risk group – following government advice

Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, you may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which your employer may authorise as per government advice. If you become unwell during or after this time, points 1 and 2 apply.

You do not need to contact your GP.

5.  Those in full time education

There is no requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations will work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded.

You do not need to contact your GP.

 

Statement of Fitness for Work – ‘Fit Note’

You do not require a doctor's 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, called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

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.

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.

 
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