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Flu Season - it is that time of year again whereby flu season is upon us.  If you are pregnant, over the age of 65, have certain medical conditions (if you are unsure please contact the surgery), living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay facility or are a carer you will be eligible for a free flu vaccination. Please contact Reception to either book an appointment or indeed decline today.  For further information , please see our 'Latest News' section.

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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.

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.

 
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