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CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

To ensure you see the most up-to-date information, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS?

Do NOT attend your GP practice, hospital or pharmacy. Self-isolate at home immediately and remain isolated for 7 days only if you have any of the below symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough

If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave the house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them that you're staying at home. Please find official NHS guidance on self-isolation and staying at home HERE.

USE THE NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS SERVICE IF:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

ONLY CALL 111 IF YOU CANNOT GET HELP ONLINE.

Please expect a significant delay in answering times as a result of the volume of calls currently being received.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CORONAVIRUS TESTING IS NOT NEEDED FOR MOST PEOPLE AND IS NOT AVAILABLE VIA THE PRACTICE.


How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissues or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 


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).

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)

  • Self-certificate info for the first 7 days off work Online form
 
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