Our doctors will visit patients who are housebound by illness or infirmity. However, if possible, please consider booking a taxi to the surgery as home visits take the doctors away from other patients for long periods of time.
We very much prefer poorly children are brought to the surgery, where they can be examined more effectively and where we have the appropriate equipment to treat emergencies. You can also generally be seen quicker this way.
Children who have a temperature or rash are not harmed by bringing them out, and if you think your child may have a contagious illness such as chicken-pox, the staff will offer you a private side room whilst you wait for the doctor.
If you feel you do need a home visit, please try to phone the surgery before 11am. The doctor may ring you first to discuss your problem.
Sick notes are issued by a doctor to state that you are not fit for work between certain dates. Sick notes are not issued for sickness lasting one week or less. This is because the NHS would be overwhelmed and unable to cope if everyone needing a short amount of time off work had to see a doctor to get it.
If you are off work for LESS than a week, you can self certify either using this form: sc2.pd OR by simply informing your employer in writing that you were unfit for work, stating the dates and the reason.
If you are off work for more than one week, a sick note can be issued for the time commencing AFTER the first week of absence from work. However, the doctor will need to see you first.
The sick note can ONLY be issued if the doctor has SEEN you in person or has had written communication from another doctor or hospital doctor who has seen you.
Sick notes cannot be issued for past illnesses if you did not see a doctor.
CONTINUATION of sick notes can be issued without you being seen again if the doctor feels this is appropriate. There is a form in reception you will need to complete. The doctor may speak to you or ask you to come in if he or she feels he cannot complete the note without more information from you.
Return to Work Notes
In some cases, the doctor may need to discuss 'returning to work' with you, especially if you have had a long period of absence away from your job.