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Botanic Medical Centre51 Botanic AvenueBelfast, BT7 1JLTel: 028 9032 0919
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (2019 n-Cov) - have any of the following symptoms :
Cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fever. DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY. Please follow the advice on the Public Health Agency website www.publichealth.hscni.net If you have no access to this website please contact the NHS Helpline 111
If you require and isolation note for your employer you do not need a GP Certificate - you can get this on www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
To reduce the potential spread of infection, all routine appointments have been postponed.
If you need a prescription you can either contact the surgery as normal by phone after 10am each day or email your prescription request to Reception.Z00166@gp.hscni.net stating the medications you require and nominate a local pharmacy for these to be forwarded to. Please only order medications which are due.
If you already have a booked appointment you will be contacted by the surgery.
If you would like a Telephone Consultation with the Doctor please phone before 10am each morning.
Please contact the surgery to organise a Home Visit.
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 need to self isolate due to Coronavirus you do not need sick note from you doctor - get an isolation note online @
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)
In order to manage the current Covid19 pandemic we would asked you to follow the guidelines below
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED TO BY THE DOCTOR ON DUTY ON THAT DAY. All Routine appointments have been postponed.
PRESCRIPTIONS CAN BE REQUESTED ONLINE @ Reception.Z00166@gp.hscni.net Please nominate a local chemist you would like your prescription sent to and leave a contact telephone number in case the Doctor or pharmacist would like to speak to you regarding your prescription.
OR by phoning the usual number after 10am each morning.
Only order prescriptions that are due - and that you are normally prescribed.
If you are self isolating you do not need a sickline from your Doctor.
go to www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note to get a note to cover your absence from work.
We are currently in the process of setting up a Facebook page where we will keep you up to date with all the surgery plans going forward.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.