Western Road Medical Centre

99 Western Road, Romford, Havering, RM1 3LS

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Telephone: 01708 775300

havccg.westernroad@nhs.net

Sick certification while self-isolating for Covid 19

Western Road won’t issue sick certificates for self-isolation:

Get an isolation note

GPs are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system and can only provide certificates for the purpose of illness, not in relation to government advice regarding self-isolation. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice.

Requests for certification of absence from the workplace relating to Covid-19 may fall into five categories:

  1. Symptomatic so isolating for seven days:  need to self-certify for the first seven days as normal if unfit to work. Don’t contact GP
  2. Symptomatic and remaining unwell for over seven days then get isolation note, as above.
  3. Household contact symptoms so isolating for fourteen days use isolation note
  4. At risk group so following government advice. Anyone becoming unwell – point 1 and 2 applies. Don’t contact GP.
  5. Those in full time education who are symptomatic or requiring self-isolation. This should now be irrelevant but there is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctor’s note’.

The current Government Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) states;

“By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.

We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advices issued by the government.”

If an employer demands certification please download and complete this form  corona certification

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Opening Times

  • Monday
    Open (Basic queries only): 08.00am l Clinics start: 9:00 l Close: 6.30pm
  • Tuesday
    Open (Basic queries only): 08.00am l Clinics start: 9:00 l Close: 6.30pm
  • Wednesday
    Open (Basic queries only): 08.00am l Clinics start: 9:00 l Close: 6.30pm
  • Thursday
    Open (Basic queries only): 08.00am l Clinics start: 9:00 l Close: 6.30pm
  • Friday
    Open (Basic queries only): 08.00am l Clinics start: 9:00 l Close: 6.30pm
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
  • Sunday
    CLOSED