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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).

Vaccinations

Here is your checklist of vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the United Kingdom for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them. All vaccinations are available to patients at North Shore Surgery.

2 months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) given as a 5-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib
  • Pneumococcal infection

3 months

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Meningitis C

4 months

  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal infection, second dose
  • Meningitis C, second dose

12 – 13 months

  • Meningitis C, third dose
  • Hib, fourth dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose

3 years and 4 months, or soon after

  • MMR second jab
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DtaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster

Around 12-13 years

  • Cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only; three jabs given within six months)

Around 13-18 years

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab

65 and over

  • Influenza Vaccination (Flu) (Yearly)
    Pneumococcal (Generally once in a life time unless specific conditions)

Driving Medicals

Professional drivers who carry fare-paying passengers or who drive heavy lorries on our crowded roads are required to undergo periodic medical examinations to ensure that their health does not impair their driving.

We aim to make these health checks as convenient as possible and provide medicals for lorry, bus, coach, taxi and private hire drivers at very competitive prices.

Lory Driving Medicals

Lorry drivers have a great responsibility and need to be very skilled; driving large and heavy vehicles, often over large distances and at night, can be demanding. For this reason they need to be medically fit and are required by the DVLA to undergo a periodic medical examination for all LGV license holders.

The surgery fee for this will be £90.00 per individual.

Bus & Coach Driving Medicals

Professional Bus and Coach Drivers hold extremely responsible jobs – safely carrying dozens of passengers in a large and heavy vehicle requires superior driving skills and it is important that poor health does not affect the driver’s safety. For this reason the DVLA require PCV License holders to undergo a periodic medical examination

The surgery fee for this will be £90.00 per individual.

Taxi & Hackney Driving Medicals

Taxi and Hackney Medicals: We can do medical examinations for those applying for a first taxi licence and existing taxi drivers renewing their licences. The majority of councils allow their drivers to go to any registered doctor but it is important that you check with your licensing department before you come to us.

The council licensing department will give you a medical questionnaire which you need to bring with you to your appointment for the doctor to complete. You then need to return this to the licensing officer.

The surgery fee for this will be £50.00 per individual.

To book an appointment, please phone our reception on 01253 957 666.

Attached Services

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.

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 Citezens 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