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Covid: 'Sharp drop' in heart-attack hospital admissions
20 Jan 2021 01:26
Some people who need urgent help appear to be staying away, as in the first peak, say researchers.
NHS child gender clinic rated 'inadequate' by inspectors
20 Jan 2021 02:05
Services and waiting times must improve at the NHS's child gender-identity service, inspectors say.
Monklands ICU staff are 'physically and emotionally' drained
19 Jan 2021 22:48
James Cook returns to Monklands eight months on to find the hospital staff struggling against the odds.
Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn
19 Jan 2021 12:54
Some 10% of the UK population is showing signs of recent infection, a doubling since October, says ONS.
Covid smear-test delays prompt calls for home HPV tests
20 Jan 2021 01:25
Delays to smear tests in lockdown prompt cervical cancer charities to call for home-testing kits.
Covid: UK records new daily high of 1,610 deaths
19 Jan 2021 20:21
The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test during the pandemic is now above 90,000.
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.