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Clinics & Services

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

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.

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).

Community Nursing Team

There is a full district nurse and health visitor team who work alongside the Practice team. The district nursing team also provide clinics at North Shore Surgery, particularly for dressings and injections.

Community Matron

The Community Matron provides intense care for patients with multiple chronic diseases or complex needs and is supported by a Case Manager.

Community Midwife

The Community Midwife attends all the antenatal clinics, which are held weekly, and has full access to antenatal services at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Mental Health Worker

The Mental Health Worker attends our surgery regularly and provides one-to-one counselling for those with mental health needs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab]

Citizens Advice Bureau

The GP Outreach service has arrived at North Shore Surgery and is hosted every Monday afternoon, starting from the 22nd July 2013.

If you are a registered patient at this surgery then you can see a Citizens Advice Bureau advisor for a free, confidential, impartial and independent appointment for advice and assistance with:-

  • Benefits consumer debt
  • Employment housing relationship
  • Many more subjects

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact a surgery receptionist. You can also visit the Citizens Advice Bureau office at 6-10 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9AQ; call our advice line on (01253) 308420, or e-mail us at advice@blackpoolcab.org.uk