Spring House Medical CentreAscots LaneWelwyn Garden CityHerts, AL7 4HLTel: 01707 294 354
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Due to the recent changes from 1st July, we are currently reviewing our rotas. We want to provide the best service we can for all our registered patients now we are no longer accepting walk-in patients. We are currently running a trial of a walk-in clinic from 9-10am Monday to Friday and 4-5pm. These are the times any of our registered patients only, can walk-in and be seen by one of our regular GP's. However, there are now plenty of appointments available we would like to recommend that you phone and book and appointment in the first instance.
Spring House will make it easier for you to see a GP even if you find it difficult to get there in normal working hours. Registered patients can book appointments in advance including early morning, evening and weekend appointments.
Appointments are available with a GP within 48 hours and with a healthcare professional within 24 hours. In addition, you will be able to see a GP of choice within seven days and book appointments up to six weeks in advance.
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)
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