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Calder Community Practice Lower George StreetTel: 01706 811 106
Calder Community PracticeTel: 01706 811 106
We operate an appointment system and these can be made either in person or by telephone.
You can now also book your appointments online via Engage Consult. Click here for more information.
GP appointments last 10 minutes. Appointments with Practice Nurses and Advanced Nurse Practitioners are for 15 minutes. If you wish to discuss more than one problem or a complex problem please ask for a double appointment.
We operate a telephone 'triage' appointment system. This is how it works:
If you have a medically urgent problem, call the surgery before 10am. We will take your name and telephone number and put you on the list for a call back from the GP. You will be called back by a clinician the same day. The clinician who calls you back will decide whether you need to be seen the same day based o ntheir conversation with you and will book a convenient time. They may be able to issue a prescription or give you advice over the telephone without you needing to come into the surgery.
Please note that ONLY URGENT MEDICAL CASES can be soon ON THE SAME DAY and not always with the clinician of your choice.
Local GP Practices are working together to offer patients better access to GP appointments.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.
Patients who repeatedly miss appointments without cancelling risk removal from our list. Please see our "Did not attend" policy here.
Please note that home visits are not guaranteed, we will make every effort to visit you if you call before 10am, but there may be times when it is not possible and we will inform you of this.
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).
Appointment for a Fit Note (commonly called a "sick note").
You will need to make a face to face appointment with the GP for a fit note to be issued. Please note that same day appointments are not available for the GP to issue you with a Fit Note. You will be offered the next available appointment. If you need a further fit note because your current note is expriing you will need to book an appointment in advance.