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 Covid-19 Information

In light of the current Covid-19 epidemic, these are some important temporary arrangements to medical sickness certification.

Self-isolation helps stop Covid-19 spreading

Do not leave your home if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or live with someone who does.

This is called self-isolation.

If you are self-isolating you must:

·         Not leave your home for any reason other than exercise once a day – but stay at least two metres (three steps) away from other people.

·         Not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home.

·         Not have visitors, such as friends and family in your home.

You can use your garden if you have one.

 

If you are not sure you need to self-isolate:

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature or a new continuous cough) use the 111 Covid-19 service to find out what to do.

 

How long to self-isolate:

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you’ll need to self-isolate for 7 days.

After 7 days:

·         If you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to self-isolate.

·         If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.

You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 7 days.

A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

Get an isolation note for your employer at:  https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

 

If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.

If you get symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from where your symptoms start, even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days.

If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

Get an isolation note for your employer at:   https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

 

After self-isolation

You still need to stay at home when you’ve finished self-isolating, but you can go out for essential trips such as buying food.

 

Vulnerable Groups of High Risk Covid-19

Some people are at a higher risk of Covid-19 infection and are in the VULNERABLE group, these patients are:

·         age 70 or older

·         aged under 70 with an underlying health condition (i.e. anyone advised to get an annual flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)

See NHS website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

 

 

General Guidance Regarding Medical Certification For Covid-19

Requests for medical certification relating for Covid-19 may fall into 5 categories:

1.       Symptomatic and isolating for 7 days

Obtain isolation note from www.111.nhs.uk

2.       Symptomatic and remaining unwell for over 7 days

You do not need to contact a GP for a certificate, you can visit www.111.nhs.uk

3.       Household contact symptoms – isolating for 14 days, as the government advise:

GPs are not the gatekeeper of the statuary sick pay system, and can only provide certificates for the purpose of illness, not in relation to government advise regarding self-isolation. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home / remote working where this is possible. To obtain an isolation form please visit www.111.nhs.uk

4.       At risk and vulnerable groups:

If you become unwell during or after this point, 1 & 2 applies, you do not need to contact the GP. To obtain an information form visit www.111.nhs.uk.

However, your employer may require an authorisation note for social distancing. Please use the following letter to give to your employer, please add your medical condition on the letter where required. Link To Authorisation Note

5.       Those in full-time education who are symptomatic or require self-isolation

There is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and student to ensure that any absence I s appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctors note’ you do not need to contact the GP.

6.       The current government guidance for employers and businesses on Covid-19 states:

“By Law medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.

We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a periods of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home even if they are unwell themselves or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advises issued by the government.”

 

 

 

 

 

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