If your child is unwell and cannot attend school, it is not necessary to obtain a letter from the surgery to confirm the illness. Furthermore, it may not even be necessary for your child to be seen at the surgery, as many illnesses are self limiting and can be managed safely at home. This certainly includes most coughs, colds and tummy upsets – please visit our Treatment Room for advice on how to manage these conditions.
All of the local schools are aware of this policy and should not be asking parents to provide medical information from their GP. In certain special circumstances the schools may give parents some paperwork to bring to the surgery, but these requests are rare and should be only considered in exceptional circumstances.