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NOTICE

TO ALL OUR PATIENTS

 

Can we please ask for your help and support for the practice over the next few months?

 

As you know, Dr Hee has retired and Dr Swift is starting her maternity leave. We are aware that it will be more difficult to book an appointment during this period and we are working as hard as we can to reduce any impact on our patients. We have been successful in recruiting three new GPs who will be starting over the next few months.

 

Although this is a period of change, we are very optimistic and excited about the future of the practice.

 

Thank-you for bearing with us during this period of transition.

 

Dr Kath Markus, Dr Josie Wenham and Dr Kathryn Lucas (The Partners)

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).

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).

The Fit Note - a guide to patients and employees, please follow the link

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/464395/fit-note-patients-employees-guidance-sept-2015.pdf

 
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