Home Visits and Sick Notes

Home Visits

We are always happy to visit those patients who are housebound through disability or illness, but sometimes home visits are requested by patients who could be brought to the surgery by car or otherwise.

Always try to attend the surgery if possible because we have better facilities for examination and special equipment if needed.

Children can almost always be brought to the surgery; they will come to no harm if they have a temperature. If they are unwell please tell the receptionist and she will make sure they are examined by the doctor as soon as possible.

If you need a home visit please telephone before 10.00am on weekdays.

Sick Notes

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.

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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