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Whitehouse CentrePrincess Royal Health CentreGreenhead RoadHuddersfield, HD1 4EWTel: 0333 043 6243
The Whitehouse Centre has moved to Princess Royal Health Centre, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield HD1 4EW. Please call on 0333 043 6243 for further information.
We do operate an appointment system with various options available. Please telephone the surgery where you will be asked to provide some information about the reason for an appointment.
The request will then be assessed by a clinician and the following options will be decided by using a 'triage' process ( Assessment of urgency and need)
You can now also book your appointments online via the link at the top of this page; please contact the surgery if you would like to register for this service.
In a number of cases it might that it is the Nurse Practitioner or Minor illness practice nurse who contacts you rather than a doctor. Both are qualified to deal with many conditions including providing a prescription and referring you to other clinical teams if necessary.
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.
We may arrange for some of our patients to come to the surgery (if it is necessary) for an examination as we have the proper equipment and facilities available to us. However, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:00.
Please note that you may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice.
Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
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 can 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)