COVID-19 Request for Fit Notes/Isolation Notes
We are receiving an increasing number of requests for fit notes (a statement of fitness for work) from patients needing to self-isolate.
Patients do not need a fit note for the first seven days of sickness. People unable to work for more than seven days because either they, or a family member, have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
The government website states:
The notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user.
If they don’t have an email address, they can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to their employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.
If you are in self isolation as you are in a vulnerable group we are expecting further guidance shortly.
For more information please visit the government’s advice for employees.
Information from NHS England regarding this year’s Flu vaccinations:
‘Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier’.
DISPENSARY OPENING HOURS
The dispensary opening hours have been extended to 6pm Monday to Friday with effect from 1 September 2020. Please see Opening Times for full details.
We are still dispensing through the window at the side of the surgery but we are working on plans to restore normal service.
PATIENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY
The results of the latest patient experience survey have been published and I am really pleased to see how good they are. There is always room for improvement so we will continue to work hard to provide the best possible service. The results of the survey can be found in the link below but if you have any comments you would like to share with me please don't hesitate to drop us an email.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.