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cORONAVIRUS !!!!

Coronavirus presents with flu like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. 

The virus is confirmed by taking samples/swabs from the patient’s nose and throat and possibly samples from the respiratory system.

 

The majority of cases have experienced mild symptoms and those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had underlying health conditions.

 

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days:

You should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.  Call NHS 111 and inform them of your recent travel to this area. They will advise you of the next steps

 

If you have travelled from the following areas:

Mainland China

Thailand

Japan

Republic of Korea

Hong Kong

Taiwan

Singapore

Malaysia

Macau

And you develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath you should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country and your symptoms.

 

We are asking patients to take simple common sense steps to limit the spread of the virus – as you would with any other flu like virus, this includes:

Staying at home and not going to work, school or public areas

Avoid travelling on public transport

NHS 111 will advise you of the next steps.

 

These steps are highly precautionary and are aimed at limiting the potential spread of infection.  The majority of patients who have had the virus have made a good recovery.   

 

Please do not attend your GP Practice, as stated if you fit the above criteria please call NHS 111 for further advice.

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Been Off Work?

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.

Evidence that you are sick

Sickness CertificatesIf 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.

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)

 
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