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Covid: The NHS workers 'still recovering' as second wave looms
24 Oct 2020 00:09
As the second wave of the pandemic takes deep root across parts of the UK, thousands of NHS workers are struggling to recover from what they have already been through.
Covid blood plasma donation: What is blood plasma?
24 Oct 2020 00:18
The NHS wants us to donate blood plasma to help fight Covid-19. But why?
Coronavirus infections continue to rise across UK
23 Oct 2020 16:03
The highest levels continue to be in the north of England, says the Office for National Statistics.
Covid: Why is coronavirus so deadly?
22 Oct 2020 23:58
Why does the biology of coronavirus mean it poses such a threat to human life?
Covid-19 app users can't get isolation payment
23 Oct 2020 12:10
An alert issued via the app will not mean the recipient can claim a payment for self-isolating.
Covid: Sewage sites to test for more traces of virus
23 Oct 2020 11:18
The aim is to create an early warning system to detect local outbreaks before they spread.
During the first week of illness, sickness absence from work should be covered by a self-certification note. These will be available from your employer.
A doctor will only provide a sick note if the sickness period is over seven calendar days (ie including Saturdays and Sundays) and the patient has consulted the doctor.
A doctor cannot provide a retrospective sick note. (The only time this can occur is if an individual doctor who is being asked to issue a certificate has seen the patient whilst sick.)
Emergency appointments should not be used for requests for sick notes.
If patients attend a hospital and are advised by a doctor not to work, then the hospital doctor should provide a sick note. Please request a sick note at the hospital if this is not the case.