Pinfold Medical PracticePinfold LaneButterknowleBishop AucklandCounty Durham, DL13 5NXTel: 01388 718230
Attached Primary Health Care Professionals - include the District nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, Community Psychiatric nurse, Social Worker, Counsellor, Physiotherapist, Community Matron, Podiatrist and other Specialist nurses (PCT).
We offer an annual check-up to all patients aged 75 years and over—please book an appointment to see your GP or practice nurse.
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.
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.
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)
Please take the time to review the full page.
The Practice is required under the terms of the latest GP Contract to allocate all our patients with a Named Accountable GP, who will have overall responsibility for the care and support our surgery provides.
You do not need to take any further action. If you wish to be told the name of your accountable GP, please ask our Receptionist when you next visit the surgery.
Please note: Having a named GP does not prevent you from seeing any other doctor at the Practice.
You are unlikely to see any notable change in the way care is delivered to you by our practice. **You can continue to see the GP of your choice.**
These responsibilities will be carried out within the normal opening hours of the surgery and do not change the way you or other patients currently access care outside of these hours.
You must continue to book appointments with the practice in the usual way. If you require an appointment with a GP urgently and are unable to book it with your ‘named GP’, please book in with another available doctor/duty doctor at that time.
Please note that despite our GPs working with other health and social care professionals to deliver your care needs, they do not take on the responsibility for the care others deliver to you. If you have concerns about any care provided by a health and social care professional outside of the practice, this should be raised directly with them, or their organisation.
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