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CQC grades both Dunster Surgery and Porlock Medical Centre as OUTSTANDING

We are delighted and proud to say that both Dunster and Porlock have been assessed as 'Outstanding' - the top grade - in our recent CQC assessments.  The full reports are here: for Dunster Surgery and Porlock Medical Centre

This is an enormous tribute to all our fantastic staff for their dedicated and caring work - and to all our patients whose help and support is so very valuable to us.

Brendon Hills Surgery updates

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to all the patients and staff of Brendon Hills Surgery who have now joined us.  We'll keep you updated in forthcoming newsletters.

The new Dunster Surgery

Is currently being built!  Things are pretty much finished on the outside now and it's full steam ahead on the inside.  As you will see when you drive past, there are two floors in all with much more space, far better access for all and up-to-the-minute facilities to make sure everything is safe and healthy for patients and staff alike.  We're planning to be open 18 December 2015.

Sickness Certificates

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)

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