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Hospital sick notes

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A HOSPITAL DOCTOR TO PROVIDE A MED THREE TO COVER THE PERIOD THAT A PATIENT WAS IN HOSPITAL AND FOR A FORWARDING PERIOD THAT WOULD BE REASONABLY EXPECTED IN ORDER TO FULLY RECOVER.


Some common myths :


Hospital doctors are not allowed to give sick notes.


Hospital doctors are only allowed to give notes for two weeks.


It is not the duty of hospital doctors to give sick notes.


Only a patient's GP can issue a sick note.


Hospital doctors are too busy to give sick notes.


If you have had hospital treatment and had been signed off for a period of time but feel that you are still not ready to return to work after this date, a GP would need to review you to decide whether a further sick note or other treatment is required. In this case, an appointment is required. Please be aware that the GP may still decline to issue a sick note if they feel that it should have been done by the hospital.

Examples where hospital doctors should issue a Med 3:

taken from https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/349915/fitnote-hospital-guide.pdf

when a patient has received treatment in Accident & Emergency and the treating doctor believes that the patient will be unable to work for over 7 calendar days, it would be appropriate to issue a Med 3 for a period consistent with the anticipated incapacity;

when a patient is receiving treatment at a fracture clinic and so does not need to see their GP for any clinical reason;

when discharging a patient from hospital, as well as issuing a Form Med 10 to cover the in-patient period, doctors should consider if the health condition will affect the patient’s fitness for work for a forward period; and

patients who have mental health conditions and are under regular review could also have their sickness certification integrated into this review in cases where the hospital doctor maintains clinical responsibility.

 

 

 



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