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16.3.2020 CORONAVIRUS - BILDESTON HEALTH CENTRE UPDATE

AS FROM TODAY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO OFFER OUR OPEN ACCESS MORNING SURGERY. THERE WILL BE A TRIAGE SYSTEM IN PLACE. THIS IS TO PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE PATIENTS DURING THE COVID – 19 PERIOD.

BLOOD TESTS- WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING URGENT BLOOD TESTS AND INR TESTING.

ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS- ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ARE BEING REVIEWED BY A CLINICIAN. FOR FUTURE APPOINTMENT PLEASE CONTACT US.

DISPENSARY- CURRENTLY OPEN AS NORMAL- HOWEVER PLEASE DO NOT CROWD THE WAITING AREAS.

HOW YOU CAN CONTACT US

THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT US IS THROUGH e- CONSULT - SEE THE BLUE BOX BELOWBY USING THIS IT WILL FREE UP OUR PHONE LINES.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP US

BE PATIENT – THE TELEPHONE LINES MAY WELL BE BUSY AS WE TOO ARE SHORT STAFFED AND HAVE LIMITED TELEPHONE LINES. WORKING IN THIS WAY IS NEW TO US TOO.

DO NOT STOCKPILE MEDICATION – IT IS NOT HELPFUL AND CAUSES DELAYS TO THOSE IN GENUINE NEED.

DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY IN PERSON WITHOUT GOOD REASON.

 DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE:

A HIGH TEMPERATURE AND/OR A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH. IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS CONTACT 111 https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 OR BY TELEPHONE

TO ACCESS UP TO DATE INFORMATION USE OUR WEBSITE OR OUR TWITTER PAGE @BildestonCentre

PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE FOR US – EITHER BY SOCIAL MEDIA OR IN PERSON.

We would like to thank all the people who have made offers of help. We will be in touch shortly.

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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