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** PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES WITH OUR TELEPHONE LINES – WE HOPE THIS WILL BE RESOLVED SHORTLY AND THE PRACTICE IS STILL OPEN.

WE HAVE DIVERTED CALLS AT PRESENT - BUT AS THERE IS ONLY ONE LINE, THIS MAY BE BUSY.

PLEASE CALL BACK AT ANOTHER TIME, IF YOU CAN, OR YOU CAN SPEAK WITH NHS 111 TEAM, WHO MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU FURTHER.

A REMINDER THAT THE PRACTICE ITSELF IS STILL OPEN AS PER THE NORMAL OPENING HOURS **

Please note: If you have any communication needs and wish to access information in a different format please notify a member of Reception.

The practice is closed on the following Bank Holidays 2019-20: 

  • Monday 27th May 2019
  • Monday 26th August 2019
  • Wednesday 25th December 2019
  • Thursday 26th December 2019

OUT OF HOURS INFORMATION:

If you require urgent medical assistance that cannot wait until the surgery re-opens, please call 111 where you will be put through to the NHS 111 helpline who will be able to assist you further

NHS111 is a free to call, non-emergency, medical helpline operating in England.

The service is part of the country’s NHS telephone and triage and advisory services

 The Choose Well website is an excellent resource which includes details of services in the area, including local pharmacies and walk-in centres, and self-care information.  It provides a wealth of clear, clinically assured self-care information for patients, covering over 40 topics in 64 languages; each topic comes with a downloadable pdf leaflet to help you to self-care. www.choosewellmanchester.org.uk 

 We are now providing an electronic prescribing service.  If you nominate a preferred local pharmacy we can send your prescriptions directly to them electronically.  The advantage of this service is that you will not have to collect the prescription from the surgery, simply collect the medication from your pharmacy.  If you are interested, please go to your preferred pharmacy and they can arrange.

 

 PATIENT NHS CHECKS

 You may be entitled to an NHS Health Check please check with Reception.

This involves an appointment with the HCA who will record medical details, check height, weight, blood pressure and relevant blood tests.  She will then review your case following the results.

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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