Fit Note is the informal name for the Statement of Fitness for Work which replaced sick notes from 6 April 2010.
You do not need a Fit Note for the first seven days of illness and we cannot provide one free of charge for that time (you can sign yourself off during that period using a self certification form obtainable from your employer). If you’re sick and off work for more than seven days you will need to make an appointment to see a doctor to obtain a Fit Note. The seven days include days that you don’t normally work, so when you work out how long you’ve been off sick, you should include weekends and bank holidays. On the fit note, your GP can advise that either you are ‘not fit for work’; or you ‘may be fit for work’.
If you are likely to be off work for 4 weeks or more we will refer you to the Government’s Fit for Work service which will then review your case and if appropriate agree a Return to Work Plan which can replace your Fit Note. Please see http://fitforwork.org/ to find out more about this scheme.
Non NHS Services
Certain services we provide, such as HGV and sporting medicals, and insurance claim forms, are not covered by the NHS, and we have to make a charge for them. You should enquire about charges when you make the request.
We try to give you the best possible care and attention. However if you feel unhappy about something, please ask to see the Practice Manager, who will try to sort things out. If we are unable to sort things out at local level, we will be able to inform you on how to take things further if you so wish.
Please click here for a copy our Complaints Procedure.
Your Medical Records
All our medical records are now kept on computer, however you may rest assured that the information remains confidential under the terms of the Data Protection Act and accepted medical ethics. Your records are held under the guardianship of the NHS and information from them will only be passed on to outside agencies with your express written permission. If you require to see your medical records, you may do this in the presence of a doctor, who may need to explain the terminology to you, and so you will need to make a special appointment for this.
Leyburn Medical Practice is Research Active which means that we take part in high quality medical research to help to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation. The Practice is a member of the Primary Care Research Network and participates in research projects approved by the NHS National Institute for Health Research. We are also accredited Research Ready by the RCGP. Additionally, following a Government initiative, the Practice contributes through its clinical system (Systm1) to a national database of non-identifiable patient information for the purpose of research and public health surveillance. The database is called ResearchOne and your right to have your anonymous data excluded from ResearchOne will be respected. Please download this leaflet to find out more about ResearchOne or contact us for a paper copy.
Leyburn Medical Practice is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. This chaperone may be a family member or friend. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present, i.e. a clinically trained member of staff.
Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking your appointment so that arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed in any way. Where this is not possible we will endeavour to provide a formal chaperone at the time of request. However occasionally it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.
Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy.
If you would like to see a copy of our Chaperone Policy or have any questions or comments regarding this please ask at Reception or contact the Practice Manager.
Your Electronic Patient Record and Data Sharing
Today electronic records are kept in all of the places that you receive healthcare. These places usually only share information from your records by letter, fax, or phone. At times this can slow down your treatment and mean that important information is hard to access when it is needed, especially in times of urgency. Leyburn Medical Practice however uses a computerised clinical records system called SystmOne that allows the sharing of full electronic records across different healthcare services. As an organisation concerned with your healthcare it is our policy to enable your data to be shared unless you tell us otherwise. You have the right to tell us not to share your information and you can make this decision at any time and for any occasion. You can also limit the sharing of your information to specific healthcare services (and you can ask them not to share with us the information that they have recorded about you). You can change your decision at any time too. Please click here for more information and if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or the Practice Manager who will be happy to discuss them with you.