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Welcome to our new Practice Newsletter. We would welcome any ideas or contributions for future editions. Copies are available to download via the link below (copies are also available from reception).
Practice Newsletter - August 2014
Practice Newsletter - April 2014
Practice Newsletter - January 2014
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For those confined to their own home and in need of nursing care, the district nursing team can be contacted at their office at the surgery.
The health visitors are on site, enabling them to work alongside the doctors, district nurses, practice nurses and other healthcare professionals, and our nurse practitioner offers her own minor illness clinic.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel. Some vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine.
Some travel vaccines will incur a charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. Please check if there is a fee to pay before you attend for your appointment.
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
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.
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.
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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