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Would you take time off of work for a hand burn?

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missionmarine Sun 22-Oct-17 16:15:34

I work in a physically active job, using my hands/arms a lot.

I can self certify for a week.

It’s pretty bad, needs bandaging up and got some stuff from the pharmacy who thinks a GP appointment most likely is needed.

Just curious if it’s taking the piss?? Thanks.

silverbell64 Sun 22-Oct-17 16:17:22

Depends how severe and what you need to do at work. Go to a walk in clinic if you have one, get it dressed properly and find out.

YouCantArgueWithStupid Sun 22-Oct-17 16:18:01

I guess it depends on a few things? 1. What do you do? 2. Is there a higher risk of infection? 3. Does it really hurt?

Kitsharrington Sun 22-Oct-17 16:18:39

No. I would make a GP appointment and take time off for that, but wouldn't just stay home for a week without seeing one.

Sleeplessinguiltyness Sun 22-Oct-17 16:20:03

Depends on severity as others said. I'm office based but was signed off for a fortnight with mine but it was 2nd degree burns, trip to a&e and I was in agony/off my face on painkillers!

BenLui Sun 22-Oct-17 16:20:57

Make an emergency appointment for GP and get it treated.

Whether you need to miss Work or not depends on your Work and what accommodations can be made.

Glumglowworm Sun 22-Oct-17 16:22:05

Take tomorrow off and go see a GP and ask their advice

Depending on the severity of the burn and your job it may or may not BU

SerendipityFelix Sun 22-Oct-17 16:24:28

I just had 2 days off for a minor hand injury, although I couldn’t do my job with it (very hands-on, literally!) so depends on what you do in regards to reasonableness of time off.

I’d say attend minor injuries unit today if you have one nearby. Emergency Nurse Practicioners there can assess, dress, prescribe antibiotics/painkillers and advise if anything further would be needed.

WorraLiberty Sun 22-Oct-17 16:26:00

If you genuinely can't do your job, how could it possibly be taking the piss?

If you can, but fancy the time off, then that would obviously be taking the piss.

silverbell64 Sun 22-Oct-17 16:26:43

I'd go into work anyway. You are not sick as such. By doing this it shows you aren't in what's known as the "Monday Club".

MaidOfStars Sun 22-Oct-17 16:28:03

Just curious if it’s taking the piss??
This seems like rather a telling question to me.

NeganLovesLucille Sun 22-Oct-17 16:29:58

You also need to consider transport to work. If you need to drive to work would you be able to?

Ameliablue Sun 22-Oct-17 16:31:23

Depends on job and severity. Only you know if you can manage.

RealWomanOhYes Sun 22-Oct-17 16:33:36

Generally ime if people go straight in with how long they can SC for and if anyone thinks they are taking the piss, the answer is usually yes grin

Depends on what you do? How bad is the burn? Where? Left or right handed? Do you have to use both hands?

I'm guessing you work in retail?

LongWavyHair Sun 22-Oct-17 16:43:22

Could you go in and get sent home?

missionmarine Sun 22-Oct-17 16:45:46

It’s on my right hand and I’m left handed so that’s not bad. Well I work out the back of a large shop so deal with deliveries, etc.

I do struggle to open my hand fully and it is painful,

Floralnomad Sun 22-Oct-17 16:48:27

Surely in a large shop they could possibly find you some lighter duties for a while , I'd go in .

bimbobaggins Sun 22-Oct-17 16:49:58

If I was physically unable to carry out my job then I would, if I could be given alternative duties I would go in.

missionmarine Sun 22-Oct-17 16:51:26

Like what? I work out the back on deliveries. I couldn’t work on the till for example, my job title is completely different.

silverbell64 Sun 22-Oct-17 16:52:22

Just go in mission and let them send you home.

missionmarine Sun 22-Oct-17 16:53:03

Yeah I was wondering about that but wasn’t sure if that was worse as no cover?

jamdonut Sun 22-Oct-17 16:53:27

Go to minor injuries rather than the GP. Because that is what it sounds like.
And , if you have to ask,then it is not okay to take time off, unless the burn is in such a place you can't hold equipment to do your job. But then that's down to your place of work to find you other duties till you can do it again. I wouldn't take time off for a hand burn, unless it warranted plastic surgery!

RealWomanOhYes Sun 22-Oct-17 16:57:27

I'd go in and put the ball in their court. You could still unpack deliveries with one hand, just take your time.

jamdonut Sun 22-Oct-17 16:57:41

By the way, my husband works on the back door of a supermarket, he had an accident at work in which he lost his finger and badly damaged his hand. He had to go into work with all his bandages on and his arm strapped up and they HAD to find him other work to do until his hand was healed enough!

QuestionableMouse Sun 22-Oct-17 16:58:15

I did for a bad scald. It also needed wrapping.

I work in a job where my hands are constantly in and out of (sometimes dirty) water and where I'm emptying bins so based my choice on that.

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