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Covid19 Advice for Parents

19 MAY - BILDESTON HEALTH CENTRE - UPDATE

We thought it was time for an update on how things are working at Bildeston Health Centre during these challenging times, to try to alleviate any worries or concerns you have. 

Our Clinical team are here to help you. We are still operating a total telephone triage service, so you may be asked for a brief description of your problem by our reception team.  If your Clinician feels you need to be seen face to face you will be given an appointment time. Please do not arrive early as we are staggering patients and you may be asked to wait in your car or outside. We are doing this to avoid people waiting in groups in the waiting room and to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We are also able to offer video consultations. 

You may struggle to get through by phone at busy times – especially Monday Mornings! We are hoping to up our phone capacity in the coming weeks to try to alleviate this problem. Please bear with us. 

We politely ask you if you could wear a facemask or covering when coming in for face to face appointments, this is not compulsory but in line with current government guidelines.

Our Dispensary team are still working extremely hard. We are operating a one in one out system. We are now asking for 3 working days’ notice for repeat prescriptions - as our Dispensary is small we can only allow 2 staff members in at one time so this slows things down. 

Our trusted volunteers are still doing a fantastic job delivering medication to patients Over 70 and shielding. However, they are increasingly finding patients are not at home when they deliver. We do not have the capacity to retry, so we will have to ask patients to make their own arrangements for collection. 

Dispensary are also stopping their repeat management system and will be contacting patients affected by this and asking them to register for online services wherever possible.

For up to date information and eligibility for Covid 19 testing please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We thank you all for your patience and co-operation – Stay safe!

 

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)

 
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