If you’re an employee and are ill, you can take time off work – but you need to give your employer proof if you’re ill for more than 7 days.
Check out these useful guidelines from the government on what that means…
Taking sick leave
And click on the image below to see guidance on how to get a fit note…
This is a really useful course that can support you as a parent or guardian to help your children navigate their informative years. Learn about childhood anxiety and how to support your children when they face their fears and worries.
If you’ve just had a baby, you’ll know what hard work it is, whether it’s your first, second, or sixth! Babies are wonderful but can be tricky customers sometimes too!
At the surgery we run group events for your 6-8 week check – so that you can not only have you and your baby checked over, but also so you can chat to other mums and dads in the same position as you. Sharing experiences with peers can often be very therapeutic….
You should have your postnatal check 6 to 8 weeks after your baby’s birth to make sure you feel well and are recovering properly.
What happens at your postnatal check
The following is usually offered, though this may vary according to where you live:
- You’ll be asked how you’re feeling as part of a general discussion about your mental health and wellbeing.
- You’ll be asked if you still have any vaginal discharge and whether you have had a period since the birth.
- Your blood pressure will be checked if you had problems during pregnancy or immediately after the birth.
- You may be offered an examination to see if your stitches have healed if you had an episiotomy or caesarean section.
- If you were due for a cervical screening test while pregnant, this should be rescheduled for 12 weeks after the birth.
- You’ll be asked about contraception.
- If you’re overweight or obese, with a BMI of 30 or more, you may be weighed. Your doctor should give you weight loss advice and guidance on healthy eating and physical activity.
Tell your doctor if…
- you’re feeling sad or anxious – looking after a baby can sometimes feel overwhelming. Do not feel you have to struggle alone or put on a brave face. It’s not a sign that you’re a bad mother. You need to get help, as you may have postnatal depression. Your doctor or health visitor can provide help and support.
- you’re having trouble holding in your pee or wind, or you’re soiling yourself with poo
- having sex is painful
- you’re not sure if you have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccination – if you have not had these, your practice nurse will offer them with a gap of at least 1 month between doses. You should avoid becoming pregnant for 1 month after having the MMR vaccination.
Here are some other useful bits of information, on feeding your baby... (click on the images to read the guides)…
and on the immunisations your child will need…
If you’re struggling to get pregnant, you may be able to be referred to a fertility clinic who can help you. Take a look at the information below, to see whether you are eligible, and also which tests you need to have done at the surgery before you are referred.