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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Temporary change to fit notes 

 

Please see the following guidance that came into place on 17th December 2021:

In order to free up GP capacity to focus on delivering the coronavirus booster programme, employees will not be required to provide their employer with medical evidence of sickness absence for the first 28 days of absence. GPs will still be required to supply fit notes for periods of absence exceeding 28 days.

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days. If you started your sick leave BEFORE 10 December 2021, you must give proof if you have been off work for more than 7 days, including non-working days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.

This change takes effect from 17 December, but applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before 26 January 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022.

Please do not request a fit note from the practice if your illness began on or after 10th December 2021.

 

Visit the following link for more information: GOV.UK TAKING SICK LEAVE

Updated 10.01.22


NHS COVID Pass for 12 to 15 year olds for international travel

Yesterday, the NHS COVID pass was rolled out to 12 to 15 year olds for international travel, allowing even more people to be able to prove their vaccination status.

  • Fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds are now able to access a NHS COVID Pass letter for international travel
  • Follows government decision to extend the vaccination programme to include offer of both doses of vaccine to all 12 to 15 year olds
  • Children remain exempt from certification in domestic settings and at the UK border

Children in England who have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination are now eligible for an NHS COVID Pass letter for travel from Monday 13 December.

This will allow those children who have had both doses of an approved vaccine to travel to countries, including Spain and Canada, which now require 12 to 15 year olds to be fully vaccinated in order to gain entry, avoid isolation, or access venues or services.

Proof of vaccination will initially be provided via a letter service including an internationally recognised 2D barcode, with a digital solution via NHS.UK to be rolled out early next year. The letter service can be accessed by calling 119 or via NHS.UK.

Health and Social Care secretary Sajid Javid said:

From today, I can confirm the NHS COVID Pass is being rolled out to 12 to 15 year olds for international travel, allowing even more people to be able to prove their vaccination status for travel where it’s needed.

The move will enable families to plan holidays in 2022 with greater confidence, as parents can be reassured they will be able to evidence their child’s vaccination status once they have had both doses of the vaccine.

It can take up to 7 days to receive a COVID Pass letter.

Children will remain exempt from domestic certification policy in England and will not require an NHS COVID Pass to gain entry to venues.

Chief Executive of NHSX, Matthew Gould, said:

This is another example of the NHS COVID Pass service responding to the changing situation, while maintaining the integrity of the NHS COVID Pass itself.

The vaccination programme will be extended to offer all children aged 12 to 15 a second dose of an approved vaccine no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose following the government’s acceptance of JCVI advice on 29 November.

In the last year the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has delivered over 100 million life-saving doses, preventing at least 24 million infections, hundreds of thousands of hospitalisations and almost 130,000 deaths.


Hartfields Medical Centre closure 

 

The Hartfields site of McKenzie Group Practice based at Hartfields Extra Care Village in Hartlepool has been temporarily closed since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary closure was to enable us to use our staff more effectively and to ensure we could comply with social distancing requirements.

The site re-opened on Monday 10th January 2022. 

 

We will be applying to NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to request the closure of the Hartfields site permanently to bring services together at our other sites to enhance clinical quality and practice resilience, to run more efficiently, and continue to deliver high quality of care to patients.

 

We currently have a registered list of 2180 patients at Hartfields Medical Centre.

 

We have underwent a six-week period of patient and stakeholder engagement (between Monday 19 July – Sunday 29 August 2021) to gather the views and experiences during the temporary closure of the branch.

 

We asked all patients over the age of 16 years who are registered with any of our McKenzie Group practices (McKenzie House, Victoria Medical Centre, Wynyard Road Medical Centre, Hartfields Medical Centre or Throston Medical Centre) to complete the survey. We want to understand what the impact of the temporary closure has been on you and your family, as well as to better understand the potential impact of permanent closure. This will then inform our, and the CCG's, decision making about primary care services in the area.

 

We have since committed to a further period of engagement and are currently agreeing with stakeholders what this should look like.

Thank you to all of those who participated in the previous survey.

Updated 10.01.22

 

 

FAQS


We are applying to become an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP practice

A veteran is anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces, whether regular or reserve. It means the same as ‘ex service personnel’ or ‘ex-forces’.

Whilst many aspects of the health needs of veterans are the same as for the general public, there are sometimes significant differences, particularly in relation to conditions attributable to service life and the impact upon families. These differences can be reflected in the way in which healthcare is delivered, the range and types of some specific services provided and the long-term impact upon patients and families.

If you’re in the Armed Forces or are a veteran let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care. For information on how the NHS can help you follow the link: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/military-healthcare/ 

 

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