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Anyone know how if I can get a sicknote for hyperemesis from the hospital consultant?

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Kathyis12feethighandbites Wed 30-Sep-09 18:02:41

Am not sure how it works, can I only get a sicknote from my GP?

I've been seen by a couple of consultants at the hospital but don't need to see them again; they commented in my notes on my hyperemesis and both prescribed medication for it.

Thing is (as everyone with hyperemesis knows smile) GPs are very variable in how much they know about HG and I don't want to waste an appointment with one that doesn't know much about it. I've seen various locums and whoever had an emergency appointment available, so I'm not sure who would write me the best note but I'm sure if I could get a consultant to do it it would be better as they actually understand the condition.

I need a sort of retrospective note to point out to my employer that I have, in fact, been quite sick over the last few months - I've been self-certifying since May for the odd days I've had off, and had GPs notes for the period of several months I had off work from March-April. I don't need a letter to sign me off work as I'm now on maternity leave, but to explain what the symptoms were and how it has affected my work.

My condition worsened through the pregnancy instead of getting better as I had been expecting, so my productivity was decreasing towards the end but my HoD thinks that because I agreed to various targets earlier in the summer I can now get in trouble for failing to meet them. hmm

If I wrote to the hospital and sent a copy of my notes, do you think I'd be able to get them to do it?

Kathyis12feethighandbites Wed 30-Sep-09 18:07:25

oops, typo in thread title....

ilovemydogandmrobama Wed 30-Sep-09 18:09:55

Yes, I was able to get a sick note from the hospital when I was admitted. The consultant also wrote a letter explaining that it was pregnancy related.

Kathyis12feethighandbites Wed 30-Sep-09 19:46:23

Thanks Ilovemydog. So it is possible to get a note from the hospital then, not just a GP. But does anyone know if I could write or phone to ask for it? I doubt I'd get an appointment with a consultant just for the purpose of getting a note (and wouldn't want to anyway.)

Bexybear Wed 30-Sep-09 19:58:40

kathy12feet

Have you got the energy to do both a letter (take copies) and phone calls? best to cover all bases. But im sure consultants are used to writing these kinds of letters and your HOD sounds like a prize s**t - hope you get it sorted soundslike the last kind of stress you need at this stage.

Kathyis12feethighandbites Thu 01-Oct-09 15:22:48

Thanks Bexy.
Well I talked to the midwife this morning and she told me who to phone at the hospital, so I will do that to try and get a letter. Have also been photocopying my maternity notes as IIRC they take them away when the baby is born!

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