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Thank you

Our Practice team would like to say a huge thank you to the following groups who have provided us with free face shields to keep both our staff and patients safe during the COVID crisis.

Dick George Creatives Ltd

Christ's Hospital School

WUHAN NOVEL CORONAVIRUS IMPORTANT INFORMATIO

For more information please click https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19#

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BANK HOLIDAY PLANNING - REPEAT MEDICATION

A full list of pharmacies open in each county can be found on the NHS England South Pharmacy page https://www.england.nhs.uk/south-east/our-work/pharmacy-opening-hours/

FOLLOWING ADVICE FROM OUR CCG, WE ARE CANCELLING ALL PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. We will only be carrying out essential activity. Your understanding during this time is much appreciated. 

ANYONE WITH COUGH OR FEVER >37.8 AND THEIR FAMILY NEEDS TO SELF ISOLATE AT HOME AS PER THE NHS GUIDANCE. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111/us to advise you're staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

NHS England have advised us to move to a total triage service. This means you will not be able to book face to face appointments. A doctor will speak to you and if they feel you need to be seen, you will be given an appointment. Please ring in to book a telephone appointment.

How can you help?

  • Please do not come into the surgery - telephone first
  • Self-manage minor ailments at home.  Click here for advice or look at the When Should I Worry? leaflet
  • Self-certify for the first 7 days off work. Click here for a self-isolation note
  • Request prescriptions online or via SystmOne or NHS
  • If you are expecting a telephone call, please keep your phone near you and answer itThe call will be from a withheld number
  • If you are told to come to the surgery, please come on your own/with one other person if you are unable to come alone. Leave all children etc at home.
  • DO NOT ASK FOR TESTING. This is not available via a GP surgery.

Useful Links for Reliable Information regarding Coronavirus

Extended Hours Service

The service is available for GP and Nurse appointments at evenings and weekends - see appointment section.

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

Sickness CertificatesIf 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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