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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to temporarily suspend the online appointment system. The facility to order prescriptions online has not been affected. The sit and wait blood clinic has also been suspended and will operate on a pre booked appointment basis. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

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Sickness Certificates

temperatureYou 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).

A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) is available from your doctor and is strong evidence that you are sick. This would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise. It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. 

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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