Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
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The surgery operates an appointment only system. Appointments to see the doctor or practice nurse team can be made by telephoning 01226 762424, or asking at the reception desk.
We would encourage the use of Internet Appointment Booking via the link at the top of this page. This will reduce telephone waiting times during busy periods. Please enquire at reception about applying to use this facility.
Phone lines open at 08:00am. The practice operates a telephone queuing system, and our receptionist will answer your call as quickly as possible. Same day appointments are available but you must leave your contact details. A Doctor will call you back to make an assessment and an appointment if needed.
Surgeries at Thurgoland and Silkstone are booked by appointment only.
Please note : That there are 'No' appointments at Silkstone Surgery for 'Cryotherapy' (Liquid Nitrogen) Treatments.
You can book your appointment by either telephoning Penistone Main Surgery on (01226) 762424 during opening hours, visiting in person at either surgery during its hours of opening or by going online.
We offer telephone consultations for some patients who find this a convenient alternative to attending the practice. A telephone appointment will be booked and the doctor will telephone you back. Please make sure that you are available to take the call.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else. There is a dedicated cancellation option on (01226) 762424 option 2.
Home visit requests need to be booked before 10:30. Requests after this time are assessed by the duty doctor.
When you phone, the receptionist will ask you for some brief details to enable the doctor to prioritise the visits. It is essential that you give us a working telephone number. The doctor may phone you back to discuss the problem and decide if a visit is the most appropriate action or not.
If you are making a visit request on behalf of a patient please make sure the patient is aware of this and agrees to the request being made. We acknowledge that some patients with significant memory problems or who are very unwell may be unable to make their own requests for visits and need help from a third party to access the right medial care.
Please do not ask a doctor to call unless you are too unwell or disabled to leave your home. Patients who we consider housebound are those who never, or rarely, leave the house without significant assistance. Age, frailty and ill health in themselves are not reasons to assume that a visit is necessary.
A GP can see three or four people in the surgery in the time taken to make one home visit, making it a very poor use of a doctor's time if a visit is not necessary, and we would therefore request that you come to the surgery if physically possible.
Lack of transport does not necessarily make a patient housebound and is not usually regarded as a justification for a visit. We may ask you to see if friends or relatives can bring you to the surgery or to consider arranging a taxi.
We work alongside a number of other health care professionals who visit patients at home. Sometimes we might refer you to these agencies if we feel this would be more appropriate than a doctor's visit. This might be the district nurses if a patient complains of a pressure sore or wound or the McMillan/Palliative care team for patients at the end of life.
If you have a recent problem with your eyes – such as sore eyes, red eyes or visual disturbance – you can be assessed and treated by our local Minor Eye Conditions Service.
To make an appointment, call one of the local opticians.
Auckland Opticians Ltd - 01226 766996
Scrivens Ltd - 01226 762344
You will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service, which will be within 24 hours in urgent cases and within a few days for routine appointments.
From October 1st 2018
i-HEART Barnsley 365 is designed to help patients access same day appointments during the evening and weekends.
The service is open for appointment booking between 4.00pm – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday and 8.00am – 9.30am Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Appointments are available 6:30pm – 10:30pm Monday to Friday and 10:00am to 1.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Contact i-HEART Barnsley 365 on Tel: 01226 242419
For more information visit the i-HEART Barnsley 365 website
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer may ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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