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PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU HAVE AN URGENT NEED TO SEE A GP YOU CAN NOW BE OFFERED A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT WITH A GP. WE ARE STILL OFFERING TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS FOR THE MORE GENERAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AS THEY ARE IDEALLY SUITED TO A PHONE CALL AND WILL SAVE YOU COMING INTO THE SURGERY.  IF YOU NEED TO BE SEEN HOWEVER, IT IS SAFE TO COME INTO THE SURGERY, ASSUMING YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS OF A PERSISTENT DRY COUGH OR A HIGH TEMPERATURE.  OUR SURGERY REMAINS A "COLD HUB" AND WE ARE NOT SEEING ANYONE HERE WITH COVID SYMPTOMS SO PLEASE DO NOT DELAY TREATMENT FOR ANY URGENT MEDICAL NEEDS. 

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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

Sickness CertificatesIf 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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