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Coronavirus (COVID19) and requests for Doctors notes Posted on 20 Mar 2020

We regret the surgery has no capacity to carry out non NHS work in regard to Coronavirus (COVID19) self isolation, household isolation and social distancing.   This includes sick notes, holiday cancellation forms and cancelling of memberships such as for the gym.

You can now get a note from 111 if you need to self isolate: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ 

The Government Website GOV.UK has produced several documents giving guidance on these matters:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

 

If you have requested a Doctor’s sick note from your GP in relation to being off work:  The Government’s rules around issuing a sick note are that a medical professional can only issue a sick note when an individual has had more than seven continuous calendar days if sick due an illness (including weekends).

For any period of illness less than seven days, employees are able to complete a self-certificate (SC2 form) and provide this to their employer.  In the unlikely event that your employer does not accept a self-certificate, then your doctor may be able to issue a private sick note for which you will be charged.  In the current circumstances, Catshill Village surgery is unable to take on this additional non-NHS work.

In light of the current coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, it is inevitable that a number of employees may be required to self-isolate at home, following the Government’s advice. This may be because either they have symptoms of COVID19, or because a member of their household does.  Current advice is to self-isolate for 14 days if either you or a household member has symptoms of COVID19.

It may also be now that you have to look after your children due to school closure, or because you need to socially distance yourself either due to older age or chronic underlying health conditions.  Sick notes cannot be used for this purpose in any case, since you are not unwell.

We appreciate this may cause some difficulties between you and your employer, equally GPs have a responsibility to prioritise the assessment and management of the healthcare needs of patients who are acutely unwell, rather than spending time dealing with requests for sick notes, particularly when they aren’t in a position to issue one.

In primary care we are currently under significant pressure dealing with COVID 19.  We hope you can appreciate our position on the issuing of sick notes relating to it.

Yours sincerely

Dr Barrett and Dr Ford

Link to SC2 form: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2

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