Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
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Hawes Lane SurgeryHawes LaneRowley Regis, B65 9AFTel: 0121 559 5159
We offer a Phlebotomy Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings.
This clinic is run by our midwife Claire. If you become pregnant please book a triple appointment with the midwife in which she will ask you a few questions and carry out a general health check. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the practice or at the local hospital.
All new babies are invited for regular check ups from eight weeks old.
This clinic offers advice and general health check ups for patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Asthma and COPD sufferers will be seen in this clinic for specialist advice and support in respiratory care.
This clinic gives advice and support to patients trying to give up smoking.
If a GP or another member of our healthcare team believes you need hospital treatment or specialist care elsewhere, they will ask you where and when you would like to go. This will then be booked online whilst you wait.
If you would prefer to have some time to think about where and when you would like the treatment you can be offered the option of calling the practice later and we will be happy to book the appointment for you then.
As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice. Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as coughs, colds and indigestion by keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home.
We suggest you stock the following:
Your local pharmacist will be able to give you free health advice at any time – you don’t need an appointment. Many pharmacies operate extended hours on a rota basis. Call NHS direct for details.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
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)
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