Temporary change to fit notes (Sick Note)

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.

These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.

If you are concerned about your health condition, please contact us!

For more information for employees, please click here

Message to our patients – Omicron Virus

To all our Patients

We are all concerned about the effect of the Omicron virus and are aware of the warnings from the Prime Minister.

As per Government advice, we are currently prioritising the patients who are in most need of medical help. By only ringing the surgery when it is essential, we can respond to our patients with the highest need more efficiently.

It is important that you continue to put your health first so please continue to seek urgent medical help when you need it.

The call to support delivery of the new booster campaign makes it impossible for us to maintain all normal services. If you need routine care and your condition is stable, we may need ask you to wait longer than usual to arrange an appointment.

If you already have an appointment, there are no changes at the current time so please attend as normal.

We realise that it is frustrating to have to wait longer than usual for routine appointments and reviews, but we ask for your patience and understanding when contacting the surgery.
Before contacting the practice, please do consider self-help and pharmacy options such as these:

• The NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/
• 111 online: https://111.nhs.uk/
• Mental health support: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-wellbeing-tips/your-mind-plan-quiz/
• Find a pharmacy: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy
• Advice for parents of children and young people https://what0-18.nhs.uk/

Covid-19 Boosters If you want to book or need advice regarding your 1st, 2nd or booster
Covid-19 vaccine. Contact the National Booking Service via www.nhs.uk or ring 119

Please do not contact the surgery We do not have access to the Covid-19 booster booking system

Help us to keep you all safe and well by keeping our phone lines free for those who need urgent medical help.

Thank you
Dr Micklethwaite & Partners

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: How we use your data!

There have been recent articles in the press about the NHS sharing your data.

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning, and research in England to help find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone.

NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

The new data collection reduces the burden on GP practices, allowing Doctors and other staff to focus on patient care.

For more information about Type1 opt-outs please click here

For information on other ways we use your data please click here

 

SMS Covid Scam – Please be aware

The following text message has been received by multiple people claiming to be from NHS.
DO NOT click on any links, please delete it immediately if you receive it:

From – infosms

NHS: You are eligible to get your NHS COVID pass at nhs.vaccine-status-7.com now. You may be FINED if you fail to do so

Healthier Together Frimley

Frimley Healthier Together is a website that offers local support fo ryour child’s health and wellbeing; all in one place. Whether you are wondering if you need to see a GP with a fever or cough, need local mental health support for your child or need help with feeding. All topics are covered:

Healthier Together Website