Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
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Appointments can be made by telephoning the surgery at the reception desk. An appointment is for one person only and is 10 minutes long. Where possible, we will endeavour to ensure that any course of treatment is completed by one doctor. If you are unsure whether you need to see a doctor or nurse, or just need some advice, please ask the receptionist who will be able to offer guidance.
If you have a lot to discuss, please advise the receptionist who will arrange a longer appointment for you. If another member of your family needs to be seen, a separate appointment is necessary.
The waiting times for a particular doctor’s appointment can sometimes be in excess of one week. If you are unsure as to whether you can wait this long or not, there are alternative ways of dealing with the problem:
Urgent appointments are only allocated on the same day and are for conditions that cannot wait for a routine appointment. Appointment times for urgent appointments are only approximate so please be prepared for a wait.
If you make an urgent appointment, you will be expected to see whichever doctor is available for that day – this may not be the doctor of your choice.
Book doctor's appointment online
Sign up to GP online services and you'll be able to use our website to: book or cancel appointments online with a GP, order repeat prescriptions online. view parts of your GP record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results.
We have a serious problem with wasted appointments because patients often do not cancel in advance, or merely fail to turn up. We are therefore unable to use the time for someone else. This causes a longer wait than necessary for appointments with a particular Doctor. PLEASE, let us know if you cannot come to an appointment. Anyone who repeatedly fails to do this may be asked to change to another GP.
Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:00 AM.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed.They may phone you first to assess the situation. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
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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