Fit Note Update!
Patients will not need to get a fit note until they have been off work for more than 28days under temporary measures to free up GP's for the Covid-19 booster programme. The Department for Work and Pensions said that until 26th January, people will be able to self-certify for four weeks rather than being asked to get a note from their GP after one week.
Under the new legislation employers will not be able to ask for proof for workers to claim statutory sick pay until after 28days have passed. Fit notes will also not be needed for benefit claims until 27th January said the DWP upon announcing the new requirements from 17th December.
If employees are self-isolating and cannot work because of Covid-19 they can get an "isolation note" online from NHS 111 as before.
Armed Forces Briefing
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The Little Orange Book
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Veteran of the UK Armed Forces
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A Healthy Start
COVID-19 Booster Campaign
It is vitally important we continue the fight against COVID-19 into the winter. Booster vaccines are now available by appointment only at our PCN Vaccination Centre in Pelton Fell and are available for:
- Aged 50 and over
- Frontline Health and Social Care workers
- Aged 16-49 in "at risk" groups for COVID-19
- Adult Carers
- Adult Household contacts of "at risk" groups
There must be 6months (182 days) from your second dose to be eligible. If you think you are eligible, please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.
PAINKILLERS DON'T EXIST
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Child Flu 2021/2022
Nasal flu vaccine
As of the 17th May the Government plan to publish COVID vaccination history on the NHS app. This data will be pulled nationally in an attempt to divert queries away from GP practices. All patients have to do is download the NHS App and create their own login or ring 119 for paper copies. Please DO NOT contact you GP surgery as we are unable to provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
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Your COVID recovery
COVID-19 can have a huge impact on both your body and mind. Find help and support at Your COVID Recovery.
Support for Mental Wellbeing
Suffering with Hay Fever?
If you are suffering with hay fever this summer and need advice, please download the latest hay fever information leaflet agreed by the CCG.
Hay Fever Leaflet
Respiratory Rescue Packs
There has been much activity on social media providing the need for respiratory rescue packs for asthma patients. Please note the clinical advice below:
For asthma patients: patients should not be provided with rescue packs, they need to seek medical assistance as per their asthma action plan. Ask for a GP appointment (which would be triaged on the phone due to COVID-19).
For COPD patients: routine rescue packs should not be given/re-issued without the clinician having a very explicit conversation with the patient distinguishing between symptoms of COVID-19 (for which a rescue pack could actually cause harm) VS symptoms of COPD exacerbation.