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Coronavirus: Dementia patients 'deteriorating' without family visits
09 Jul 2020 23:11
Relatives fear residents with dementia are deteriorating as coronavirus restrictions limit visitors.
Coronavirus: Data shows cases in England falling
09 Jul 2020 15:20
Two reports charting coronavirus show cases in England falling - with Leicester also seeing a fall.
Coronavirus: Asymptomatic testing for taxi drivers and cleaners in England
09 Jul 2020 12:46
A pilot in England will test people without symptoms working in 'high-contact' jobs.
Coronavirus: Planned ops in May fell by 80% in England
09 Jul 2020 11:07
NHS England figures reveal how the pandemic has changed planned surgery, tests and A&E.
Coronavirus: Conservative councillor PPE contracts questioned
10 Jul 2020 11:34
Labour says the government must "come clean" on PPE procurement process after £120m face shield deals.
Government says sorry to women 'ignored' by doctors
09 Jul 2020 14:47
The health minister apologises to women, and their children, failed by healthcare professionals.
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.