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Prof Sarah Gilbert, Covid vaccine creator: Now let’s take on 12 more diseases
17 Oct 2021 00:04
Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert says medical science has transformed ambitions for new vaccines.
Investigation ordered into Wolverhampton Covid lab test failings
15 Oct 2021 17:28
A lab in Wolverhampton is suspended as 43,000 people in England and Wales are potentially affected.
Covid: False negative Covid test results confirmed at Newbury Showground
15 Oct 2021 04:11
Some people who took tests in Berkshire earlier this month may have wrongly been given the all-clear.
NHS in bleak position as A&E waits worsen, say doctors
14 Oct 2021 17:52
It comes as ministers unveil £250m package for GPs to encourage more face-to-face consultations.
Stillbirth rate high for black and Asian babies in UK
14 Oct 2021 17:55
The figures come despite improving numbers overall, with some 610 fewer stillbirths in 2019 than in 2013.
Covid: Lateral flow tests more accurate than first thought, study finds
14 Oct 2021 10:01
Positive results from the widely-used rapid Covid tests should be trusted, say UCL researchers.
During the first week of illness, sickness absence from work should be covered by a self-certification note. These will be available from your employer.
A doctor will only provide a sick note if the sickness period is over seven calendar days (ie including Saturdays and Sundays) and the patient has consulted the doctor.
A doctor cannot provide a retrospective sick note. (The only time this can occur is if an individual doctor who is being asked to issue a certificate has seen the patient whilst sick.)
Emergency appointments should not be used for requests for sick notes.
If patients attend a hospital and are advised by a doctor not to work, then the hospital doctor should provide a sick note. Please request a sick note at the hospital if this is not the case.