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Author Topic: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?  (Read 2169 times)

Chambers21

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HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« on: 16-10-19, 10:38AM »
I'll try and make this as brief as possible. I only work 3 days a a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I've been off sick since last Thursday with the worst flu I think i've ever had (so 3 work days so far) I am definitely starting to feel better, but not 100% sure if i'll be able to make it in tomorrow, i start at 5 AM and haven't been being able to get to sleep until about 3.00 - 4.00 AM, due to constantly coughing and sweating. Because it will have been 4 days, do I now need a doctors note? Seems a bit stupid booking an emergency appointment, when the NHS is low on staff as it is, even though I know I am definitely recovering, just maybe not enough to make it in tomorrow? Debatable whether a doctor will give me a note anyway if I seem almost better?

Sorry, didn't manage to keep it very short  :-X

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #1 on: 16-10-19, 11:30AM »
Not sure if you need a note although I had about a total of 5 days off in a 13 year period and I always tried to go in unless it was impossible such as a 24 hour vomiting bug. If you could try and go in and at least show you are trying then tell duty you need to go back home if you can’t work or you feel too unwell when you get there that might be a better option? Hope you feel better soon

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #2 on: 16-10-19, 12:06PM »
To my knowledge once you've had a working week off then yes you need a signed doctors note . You could phone to say you're coming back but only fit to do half a shift ??

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #3 on: 16-10-19, 12:16PM »
If you’re off for more than seven calendar days (including any days you don’t normally work) then you’ll need to have a fit note to cover you from the eighth day of absence until you come back to work. The certificate needs to either be a fit note from a doctor or a medical certificate from the hospital, and you need to send it to your manager as soon as you receive it.

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #4 on: 16-10-19, 01:41PM »
Generally (and I don't know where in the country you are) if you're that unwell a call to the GP to explain and that you don't want to necessarily waste their time in obtaining an appointment and infecting everyone in the waiting room) they'll usually do you a note for collection.  That said, I tend to agree - unless you're being sick I'd probably try to push forward.

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #5 on: 16-10-19, 06:53PM »
I suggest that those who have responded to this thread, and the OP look at this first.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5341628/sick-note-days-off-work-before-doctor-note/
I AM NOT A REP, BUT......

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #6 on: 16-10-19, 08:29PM »
Optout, this isn't enforceable, what the NHS recommends doesn't mean it has to be applied, unfortunately in retail you're just there to make the company money, their policies in place will be either the minimum they can get away with or more draconian if possible. As far as I'm aware you'll need a fit note past 3 days absence (as you don't get paid sick pay for the first 3 working days) in order to get sick pay, Tesco corporate don't believe shopfloor colleagues have the intellect to self certify which is why they won't accept it.
« Last Edit: 16-10-19, 08:30PM by NightAndDay »

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #7 on: 16-10-19, 08:34PM »
Wrong.

Do you still have access to ourTesco website since you left Tesco?

This is the Tesco policy

If you’re off for more than seven calendar days (including any days you don’t normally work) then you’ll need to have a fit note to cover you from the eighth day of absence until you come back to work. The certificate needs to either be a fit note from a doctor or a medical certificate from the hospital, and you need to send it to your manager as soon as you receive it.

If the option “may be fit for work” is ticked on the fit note, your doctor will provide us with a recommendation of what adjustment(s) we can make to help you return to work, these can be things like working different hours on a temporary basis, amending your duties or making adjustments to the workplace.

If your doctor gives you a fit note which recommends that you may be fit for work with adjustments you should contact your manager to discuss the options which have been given. Your manager will review and consider any recommendations. If they’re straightforward and we can make them, they will discuss these with you and create a return to work plan . If they’re not straight forward or your manager thinks that it may not be possible to implement them, they may need to discuss these further with their Manager and then come back to you. If we’re not able to accommodate them, you’ll be notified by your manager who will explain the reasons why.

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #8 on: 16-10-19, 10:07PM »
But it doesn't say anything about self certifying, as far as I'm aware, you need a fit note from the GP or hospital to get sick pay past 3 days absence, they don't accept self certification as far as I know.

I wasn't saying Tesco wouldn't abide by the 7 day rule, my allusion was to them not accepting self certification (specifically with regards to sick pay).
« Last Edit: 16-10-19, 10:12PM by NightAndDay »

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #9 on: 17-10-19, 11:23AM »
Global Moderator Comment Please do not quote immediately prior post(s).

They do not require a fit note to get sick pay after the 3 day mark.


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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #10 on: 17-10-19, 04:06PM »
Tesco allow you 7days without a signed sick note which is the equivalent of self certification,  that is why after the 7days it must be a signed doctors/hospital certificate. 

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Re: HELP! Do I need a doctors note?
« Reply #11 on: 18-10-19, 07:03AM »
We get self certificates handed in, seen them. Three days is unpaid but seven for fit note.