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FLU VACCINATIONS 2018 - IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A FLU VACCINATION PLEASE CONTACT RECEPTION TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. 

GDPR - On 25 May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. Here is a copy of our Privacy Notice which includes information on how we use and protect your personal information, and your rights relating to this.

CHECK-IN SCREEN - Our new patient self check-in screen is up and running. It takes just a few seconds to use and is an effective way to increase efficiency at the reception desk and improve the patient experience. The reception staff will be encouraging patients to use it when they arrive for their booked appointments.

PRESCRIPTION CHARGES - If you pay for your prescriptions the NHS Prescription Charge increased to £8.80 for each item dispensed from 1st April 2018.

10 insider tips you don't know about your GP - NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group Chair Dr Jonathan Griffiths has recently written a blog, giving you an insight into the world of general practice. 10 Insider Tips

SAVE TIME, DO IT ONLINE   - Order your repeat prescriptions online, book and cancel your appointments online. Please ask a member of our Reception team for details about how to register for Online access.

ARE YOU A CARER? If you help a family member, friend or neighbour that has a disability, has a mental illness, has a chronic illness, is frail or has a substance misuse problem with alcohol or drugs, we would like to provide you with relevant information.  Please complete one of our "AM I A CARER?" forms at the Reception desk click on the Carers link in our Further Information Index.

READ THE LATEST PRACTICE NEWSLETTER: LBMC Newsletter - Spring 2018

PRESCRIPTION REQUESTSWe require at least 3 FULL WORKING DAYS to prepare your paper or electronic prescription as per NHS standard. This excludes procurement and dispensing time which is subject to separate clinical and safety standards.  You may not request items which are not on your repeat list due to local health policy restrictions in that items which are used occasionally and are available at a pharmacy must be purchased at a pharmacy, whether you are exempt or not from prescription charges. We encourage patients to register for SystmOnline prescription ordering. Just ask a member of our reception team.

Sickness Certificates

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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 .

For any illness lasting longer than seven days you will need to see the doctor for him/her to issue a 'Fit Note' and for any subsequent renewal of the certificate. If your employer insists on a sickness certificate for 7 days or less a charge will be levied.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT CLASSED AS AN EMERGENCY TO HAVE YOUR FIT NOTE REVIEWED.  PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT FOR THIS.

Sick note to fit note – helping people stay in work

On the 6 April 2010 the sick note was replaced by the fit note.

Evidence shows that work is generally good for your health and that often going back to work can actually aid a person’s recovery. On the other hand, staying off work can lead to long-term absence and job loss with the risk of isolation, loss of confidence, mental health issues, de-skilling and social exclusion.

The new fit note can help. Doctors are able to advise people who are on sick leave for over 7 days whether, with extra support from their employer, they could return to work earlier.

For more information visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/Sicknessabsence/DG_187161 oinw

Useful links

Follow the links below to find out about Statutory Sick Pay and company sick pay rights.

Company sick pay rights (employment section) oinw

Statutory Sick Pay (money, tax and benefits section) oinw

 
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