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Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing.  You can organise the test yourself online at  www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

You should get tested in the first 3 days of coronavirus symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day 5.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual); OR
  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.

It's Flu Season?  Please Get Vaccinated!

If you are 70yrs and over you should have received a letter asking you to ring the practice to make an appointment to get your flu/Covid-19 booster vaccinations.  If you haven't received a letter, please get in touch.

If you are in an 'at risk' category or are over 50yrs of age and are not yet eligible for your Covid-19 booster, please ring reception to make an appointment to get your flu vaccination.

We have scheduled a flu only clinic for Wednesday 20th October from 2pm onwards.  If you need an appointment please ring reception on 028 94 472575. 

Covid-19 Booster

If it's 6mths from your 2nd covid-19 vaccination you are now due your booster.  To book an appointment, please ring the practice on 028 94 472575 or 07902 198707.

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 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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