The Waterside SurgeryInfirmary StreetBlackburn, BB2 3SFTel: 01254 282950
The Surgery provides the following services for all registered patients:
The Waterside Surgery works in partnership with a range of local health services. Read on to find out how to get the right treatment…
Some minor ailments can be treated at home. If you or a family member suffer from coughs, colds or indigestion an over the counter medicine from your local pharmacy is likely to solve the problem. A pharmacist can also advise you on what medicines to keep at home in the event of illness.
Pharmacists (also called chemists) are experts in medicines and how they work. They dispense medicines and are trained to give advice on healthy living and minor ailments. There is no need to make an appointment with a pharmacist. There are many pharmacies in Blackburn and many are open late and at weekends. To find a pharmacy near you visit www.bwd.nhs.uk
The Royal Blackburn Hospital has an urgent care centre which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is able to deal with serious injuries/illnesses that do not require an ambulance. The A&E department at the hospital deal with the most serious and urgent treatment.
If you or someone else experiences severe chest pain, severe loss of blood or loses consciousness go to the Emergency Department or call 999 for emergency help.
It is important that you only go to the Emergency Department in these circumstances so treatment can be provided to those with the most need.
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)
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