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Prescriptions & Sickness Certificates

Prescriptions

Prescription requests must be received in writing. Please allow 2 working days for your request to be processed and longer if you collect your prescription from a local pharmacy or they submit your request on your behalf.

Patients aged 18 years and over can use our on-line service to request repeat prescription items and book routine appointments with a GP. Click here to sign up to EMIS Access

Prescribing Policy

Our Policy is to adhere to the Prescribing Formulary of Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of which we are, like all Practices in Dorset, a member practice. A formulary is a list of drugs from which doctors may prescribe. A panel of experts from the Dorset CCG Prescribing Team is responsible for compiling the Dorset Formulary. They meet regularly to review the list of drugs on the formulary in the light of current and emerging scientific evidence so that the best use is made of the money allocated to the prescribing of drugs for patients in Dorset. The formulary is available for public view via the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Website. 

EXCEPT IN VERY EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MUST BE JUSTIFIED, WE HAVE DECIDED AS A PRACTICE TO PRESCRIBE ONLY FROM THE LIST OF DRUGS WITHIN THE FORMULARY. THIS IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ALL OUR PATIENTS TO PRESCRIBE ACCORDING TO THE BEST AVAILABLE EVIDENCE. PATIENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT BRANDED AND LONG ACTING PREPARATIONS OF DRUGS WILL NOT BE PRESCRIBED UNLESS THERE HAS BEEN A CLEARLY DOCUMENTED PROBLEM WITH THE GENERIC (NON BRANDED) ALTERNATIVES

We also have a responsibility to utilise the practice drug budget wisely in order to use taxpayer's money efficiently and benefit the NHS as a whole. 

Sickness Certificates

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.

Evidence that you are sick

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

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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