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Wednesday 4th December

Maintenance work will be carried out on our computers between 11am and 1:30pm on Wednesday 4th December. We will be unable to access medical records, issue prescriptions or book appointments while the maintenance work is carried out. We therefore ask that, except in emergencies, patients avoid contacting us between 11am and 1:30pm on the 4th December. 

Christmas

Please be aware that the practice will be closed on the 25th and 26th December and the 1st January. You should ensure that you have enough medication to last you through the festive period. If you need to order more please allow plenty of time for your request to be processed. 

Flu season is here!

If you; are a carer, are aged over 65, are currently pregnant or have a long-term medical condition you may be eligible for a flu vaccination. Please speak to a member of our reception team to book an appointment.

Prescription Requests

From 1st September 2019 there will be changes to the way we handle some prescription requests. Please see our Repeat Prescriptions page for more information.

Exciting News!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of three new doctors at Cheddar Medical Centre. This summer Dr Emma Ginn, Dr Miriam Walsh and Dr Amy Alsop have joined the practice. 

As you may know Dr Hayward left us last year and her patients have been cared for by locum doctors in her absence. With the arrival of our new doctors we can begin the process of allocating a new usual GP to all of Dr Hayward's patients. If you are unsure of the name of your usual GP please speak to a member of our reception team who will be able to help.  

Text Messaging Service

We are introducing a new text message reminder service! More information and instructions on how to sign up can be found at the bottom of our appointments page.  

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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)

 

Kings of Wessex Student Information

It has recently become evident to us that some of our patients believe that they must see a GP to achieve evidence for school when they have been poorly and away from school.

We have met with academy staff, agreed our positions and so would like to clarify matters.  Further information is available on our Practice Policies page.



 
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