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Garvagh Health Centre110 Main StreetGarvagh, ColeraineCo.LondonderryEmail: reception.Z00352@gp.hscni.net, BT51 5AETel: 028 2955 8210
You can make an appointment by telephone.
When you ring, the Receptionist will ask you some questions to direct your call to the most appropriate professional. All GP appointments are telephoned triaged by the GP, and if required, an appointment will be made for patient to be seen.
If you have an urgent medical concern and believe you need to be seen urgently, please let the receptionist know, giving them as much detail as possible and they will liaise with a professional.
When you attend for your appointment, please report to reception to ensure you are checked in through the computer system.
Please follow COVID guidance, regarding FACE MASK WEARING and HAND HYGIENE. Report if you have any potential Covid symptoms. This is essential to protect other vulnerable patients using the Health Centre.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason, please inform us by telephone as soon as possible in order for us to give the appointment to someone else in need.
Normally the Doctor of your choice will attend to you, but in some circumstances you may be asked to see one of the other doctors, due to availability.
Where possible we would be grateful if you can attend the surgery to see the Doctor. However if you are unable to do so please (ideally before 11am), giving full details including the urgency and why a home visit is needed.
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.
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).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
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.
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)