The Kings of Wessex student Information
It has recently become evident to us that some of our patients believe that they must see a GP to achieve evidence for school when they have been poorly and away from school.
We have met with academy staff, agreed our positions and so would like to clarify matters:
- You should only make an appointment to see a GP if there is a medical reason to do so
- You should not make an appointment to prove to school that you have seen a GP to justify an absence from school as the GP is unable to certify any absence
- If you are poorly with ‘normal’ viral illness (sickness & diarrhoea/ cold/ flu etc.) then these are better dealt with by staying at home, drinking lots of fluid and resting, not spreading this infection around to other people
Our advice would be to stock the medicine cabinet with:
- Pain killers
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
- Rehydration mixture
- Indigestion remedy
- Cold and flu remedies
- First aid kit with bandages,
- plasters, antiseptic wipes and
- cream, eyewash, medical tape,
- sterile dressing, thermometer
We understand, like the academy does, how important it is for you to attend school and would encourage you to do so.
However we cannot provide certification regarding sickness.
Please find a link below to the letter that our GPs would provide should they be asked for this type of information.
Letter to Schools (certificate) 2014
Your GPs are here to medically treat their patients and it is really important that poorly patients can access this service.
As people live longer, and more serious illnesses are treated outside of hospitals with GPs monitoring the patient’s health directly, the pressure for appointments is growing.
We must ask you to respect this and only see the GP when YOU feel you need to.
The Academy understands that this is our position.
The academy have explained may be students whose attendance is approaching 15% absence or who have a history of non-attendance whereby the school may well direct them to the GP for medical advice. They have explained that is because the school is not aware of any obvious reason for their continued illness and so they would like the student to explore with a GP the reasons for their non-attendance NOT to achieve a certificate for the school.
However the decision to make a GP appointment is your own, and please do not make an appointment if there is no medical reason to see a GP or just to achieve a certification as this is not available - other than the letter above.
Feel free to print this off and use as you see necessary however this will not satisfy the academy regarding your continued absence.