Notification of sickness for school children
GPs across Derbyshire have noted a marked increase in the number of requests to provide sick notes for school children who are suffering from minor illness or ailments. GP practices are already struggling with workload and unprecedented demand for appointments and therefore must target current resources to priority clinical care.
There is no statutory or contractual requirement for a GP to certify a child's absence from school or to provide proof of attendance for GP appointments. If the GP agrees to provide a letter or note for school as a result of special or extreme circumstances, there will be a fee for this work. The school should write directly to the GP practice, with signed patient or parental consent, to request the necessary information.
We would advise the use of the school nursing service if additional medical information or assessments are required for school absences.
Diabetes Patient Survey Results
Earlier this year we invited patients to take part in a survey on diabetes care in North Derbyshire. Thank you to everyone that took part in the survey. We had an excellent response and the results are now available under the Patient Zone on the North Derbyshire CCG website at www.northderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/patient_zone/surveys_consultations.
The information collated will help us to improve the current diabetes services and the education of staff and patients. We will repeat the survey in the future to compare results and see if the changes made have improved services for patients.
See Survey Results Poster
See Survey Responses Report
See Summary of Findings
If you have any queries regarding the Diabetes Patient Survey, please contact Sue Machin on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01246 514287.
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