Health Admin & Have Your Say

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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.


However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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)

 

Power of Attorney

Health and welfare lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:

 your daily routine, for example washing, dressing, eating

 medical care

 moving into a care home

 life-sustaining treatment

It can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.

Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example:

 managing a bank or building society account

 paying bills

 collecting benefits or a pension

 selling your home

It can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.


Help deciding if you should make a lasting power of attorney


Contact the Office of the Public Guardian if you need help.

Office of the Public Guardian
customerservices@publicguardian.gsi.gov.uk
 Telephone: 0300 456 0300
 Textphone: 0115 934 2778
 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 5pm
 Wednesday, 10am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

 

Other information:

Certified copies of your original document have to be done by a solicitor.

The original must be provided for the solicitor to stamp each page of the document "this is a certified copy" (or words to that effect)

Solicitors will charge a small fee for this service.

ReSPECT (old DNAR - do not attempt resuscitation)

DVLA Guidelines for Diabetic Patients

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

 

Check with your nurse or doctor if you don’t know what type of medication you’re on.

 

Diabetes treated by insulin

Car or motorbike licence

You need to tell DVLA if:

Your insulin treatment lasts (or will last) over 3 months

You had gestational diabetes (diabetes associated with pregnancy) and your insulin treatment lasts over 3 months after the birth

You get disabling hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) - or a medical professional has told you that you’re at risk of developing it

  

To report your condition online, follow this link

https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving

 

 

You can also fill in form DIAB1(following the above link) and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Read leaflet INF294 for more information about driving a car or motorbike with diabetes that’s treated with insulin.

 

Bus, coach or lorry licence

You must tell DVLA if your diabetes is treated with insulin.

Fill in form VDIAB1I and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Read leaflet INS186 if you want to apply for vocational entitlement to drive larger vehicles (C1, C1E, D1, DIE, C, CE, D or DE).


Diabetes treated by tablets or non-insulin injections

Car or motorbike licence

Check with your doctor or nurse to find out if your treatment means you need to tell DVLA.

If you do need to tell DVLA, fill in form DIAB1and send it to the address on the form.

Read leaflet INF188/2 for more information about driving with diabetes that’s treated with non-insulin medication, diet or both.

Bus, coach or lorry licence

You must tell DVLA if your diabetes is treated by tablets or non-insulin injections. You must fill in:

form VDIAB1SG if your diabetes is treated by sulphonylurea or glinide tablets

form VDIAB1GEN if your diabetes is treated by any other tablets or non-insulin injections

Send the form to DVLA. The address is on the form.

 

Diabetes treated by diet

Car or motorbike licence

You don’t need to tell DVLA.

Read leaflet INF188/2 for more information about driving with diabetes that’s treated by changes in diet.

Bus, coach or lorry licence

You don’t need to tell DVLA.


 

Sign Up For Patients' Group (printable leaflet)

PRG leaflet February 2018.pdf

Patients' Group - Next meeting & how to get involved

We are always keen to recruit new members of the Patients’ Group.

The purpose of the group is to represent the patient viewpoint and support our Practice in its aim to deliver the best possible services to all patients.

The group meets regularly at the surgery, and also has online members willing to contribute their views. It is an open friendly group and we distribute minutes and other information and news online. We arrange for speakers on particular topics of interest to patients, review patients’ comments on services and help to promote Healthy Lifestyles and other initiatives of benefit to patients. We aim to keep patients well informed about NHS pressures, changes and developments.

Please let us know at reception if you can offer some time to help as a member of our Patients’ Group, or contact us on patientsgroupcmc@gmail.com or 01926 856327 (Jane Cunningham)

 

Getting your View

The group would like to contact patients on occasion by email and/or text so that they can obtain the views of the widest group of patients possible. We would like to obtain your email address and mobile phone number to do this. Please complete the Patient Contact Form to provide your consent for this.