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Please note that the surgery will be closed for staff training from 12 noon on Wednesday 29th July 2020.  If you need GP support while we are closed, please telephone NHS 111.  We will reopen at 8 am on Thursday 30th July 2020.

Practice announcement:  We are sorry to inform you that Dr Okon will be leaving the practice at the end of August 2020 due to a change in her personal circumstances.  Dr Okon's last day at the surgery will be Thursday 13th August.  We will update on the arrangements being made to cover her post as this becomes available.

IMPORTANT:  If you are asked to attend the surgery for a face to face appointment, please arrive wearing a mask or face covering (i.e. a scarf).  This is only optional for children under the age of 5.  We need to retain our surgical face masks for clinical staff as much as possible, so are grateful for our patients for abiding by this request.

My Care Record:  Privacy Notice – Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response Addendum.  This notice describes how we may use your information to protect you and others during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and it supplements our main Privacy Notice (Fair Processing Notice).  More information available here.

CORONAVIRUS: DO NOT WALK INTO THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO SO BY A MEMBER OF STAFF. THIS IS TO PROTECT OUR STAFF AND OTHERS

On line booking:  Please note that we have suspended all on-line appointment booking for the time being.  This is because on-line booking does not allow for triage/screening of appointments, so this has been necessary to safeguard both our patients and our staff.  Please accept our apologies for any difficulty this creates.

Repeat Prescriptions:  From 1st April 2020 you will no longer be able to order your repeat prescriptions from your local pharmacy or via another third party.  Requests for repeat medication should be made direct to the surgery via any of the following options:

Please do speak to a member of the reception team if you have any queries regarding this change.

Coronavirus Information for the Public

For the latest information and advice please follow this link :

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

This website also contains up-to-date advice for people returning from a specified list of countries, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas 

Extended access appoinments

Extended Access

 

GP and Nurse appointments are now available in your area during the evening and at the weekend.  To book an appointment, contact your Practice.  For more information, visit bit.ly/ExtendedAccess

Adult with cystitis symptoms?

If yes, please complete this questionnaire  and hand it in with a urine sample (in a labelled, small and closed container) at reception. Please do NOT hand the sample to reception staff but place in the designated receptacle.

Missed Appointments

Patients did not attend for a total of 107 appointments in February 2020, which is equivalent to 26 hours of wasted time:
- 36 GP appointments (equivalent to 9 hours)
- 72 nurse appointments (equivalent to 16 hours)
If you are unable to attend an appointment please contact the surgery to cancel it, so that it can be offered to another patient.

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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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