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Sickness Certificates

The first 7 days of sickness do not require a certificate from your GP. If your employer insists on a sickness form, complete a Self-Certification form, which can be found here

Please ask staff to issue the usual sick notes, NOT the GP's.

We do NOT do sick notes for suspected Covid.

Sick Notes do NOT need to be SIGNED. We will text them to you. You can print them or email them to your employer.

Keep Your Details up to Date
Please do update your contact details ("Your Contact Details" box at the bottom of screen) with home & mobile & email. You will receive appointment reminders and occasional requests for information by text.


Primary Care Networks

GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). To find out more, click here and here. So far, being part of the PCN has allowed us to to have an in-house pharmacist, social prescriber, health coach and physiotherapist!





If the amount of Cholesterol (fat) floating around your blood is too high, then it will fur up all your arteries and block them.

How Cholesterol harms you

It furs up the arteries, so that they aren't as elastic as they used to be. Narrowed arteries are liable to block giving heart attacks  or strokes. Even teenagers arteries begin to fur, depending on what they are permitted to eat.

What is a normal level of Cholesterol?

Total cholesterol of less than 5 is ideal. In high risk patients like diabetics or people who've already got heart disease, we like it below 4.
Anything above 7 is immediately serious. 
British average is 6 !    

Isn't there a good and bad Cholesterol?

The LDL and Triglycerides are the bad cholesterols. The HDL is the good cholesterol. The first time someone has their cholesterol taken, a fasting sample is asked for  so that a full profile is processed. That way we know which particular cholesterol is the problem.

Should I be taking tablets to help reduce my Cholesterol?

No, they have their own side effects and risks. Try exercising and reducing the fat in your diet to nearly zero. 
Simvastatin 10mg is available over the counter, But check with doctor first.

If your overall risk of heart disease is over 20% risk in 5yrs, then it is worthwhile taking a prescribed statin tablet, if you cannot achieve a normal cholesterol by your best diet.  Of course, being on a Statin doesn't give you the excuse to eat what you like!

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