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Can I Get a Medical Certificate from The Chemist?

By Emily Morris 19 September 2017 25

Need a medical certificate for work? Don’t want to wait for hours in the doctors’ waiting room to see an overbooked GP for 5 minutes?

The good news is, there is an easier way. Head over to your local Canberra chemist and get a medical certificate from the fully-qualified pharmacist. It’s quick and affordable, so you can spend less time waiting around and more time getting better.

Here’s some more detailed information.

Getting a Medical Certificate from the Chemist in Canberra

Most workplaces require you to submit a medical certificate signed by a medical professional in the event you have taken three or more days off work. This proves to your employer that you are not, in fact, well enough to work.

If you are suffering from a typical cold or mild flu, the thought of making a doctors’ appointment, waiting around for an hour or more, and then paying upwards of $50 just for a medical certificate is incredibly daunting. That’s why so many Canberra residents opt to get their medical certificate from the chemist instead.

It’s an easy process. Simply head to the chemist, ask for the pharmacist, and let them know your symptoms. They will create a medical certificate following the PSA protocol and template.

After, you will pay a small fee, usually between $15 and $20.

Do keep in mind that chemists in the Canberra region can only issue medical certificates for work-related purposes. If you need one for insurance claims, or other, more serious reasons, you will need to visit your GP.

Do All Chemists in Canberra Issue Medical Certificates?

No. Some chemists in Canberra do not issue medical certificates for work-related or other reasons.

It is not mandatory for pharmacists to provide this service. What’s more, most chemists will not advertise this service publicly.

To find a chemist near you that issues medical certificates, we suggest phoning around. Be sure to ask whether or not you need to make an appointment with the pharmacist.

Why Get a Medical Certificate from the Chemist Instead of the GP?

There are a number of benefits that come from opting to get your medical certificate from a chemist rather than the GP:

  • It’s much faster. How many times have you made a last-minute appointment with a doctor only to wait over an hour in the waiting room? Obtaining a medical certificate from a pharmacist should only take about 15 minutes.
  • It frees up time for the GP. GPs are burdened with patients with sniffles and sore throats looking for medical certificates for their employers. GPs should have as much time as possible to attend to patients with more pressing issues.
  • It’s cheap. Unless you find a doctor surgery in Canberra that bulk bills, going to the doctor can be expensive. The pharmacist will charge you less than $30.

Do You Get Medical Certificates from the Chemist?

Have you had any experience obtaining a medical certificate from the chemist?

Let us know in the comments below.

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wildturkeycanoe 4:38 pm 10 Sep 11

It was sort of mentioned here but if your workplace agreement or award allows for it, you can just do a statutory declaration and have a JP sign it off. I did recently, as I’d been sick for 3 days and couldn’t get to a doctor immediately. Doctors seldom backdate certificates and chemists charge just as much, so I did a free stat dec off the internet and all solved. Boss didn’t say anything because it’s written in our EBA.

poetix 9:49 am 10 Sep 11

Watson said :

nazasaurus said :

Watson: “Off topic but I hate being quizzed by pharmacists about prescriptions I got from the doctor!

Hmmm not sure what you expect from a pharmacist but its their duty of care to ask you questions about your medicines and provide advice and guidance… dont know what your job is but imagine if your clients huffed and puffed everytime you carried out your legal responsibilties – such as asking questions about painkillers to make you dont turn as yellow as the tablets themselves…

Ah, but there is a big difference between giving advice/guidance and lecturing. I suffer from a chronic bone condition and I had our local chemist once talk me out of pain killers and send me home with some natural cream instead. I had a bad night’s sleep.

I try to always go to the same chemist now and usually end up speaking to the same pharmacist and that makes a big difference.

And I often go to pharmacists for advice and theirs is usually better than the average GP’s. (Disclaimer: if their advice is to go see a GP, I take it. But at least they will give me some idea of what to ask the GP.)

What gets me is the total lack of privacy in pharmacies. There is no way I am going to discuss certain medical details in that situation, in front of everyone.

Watson 8:59 am 10 Sep 11

nazasaurus said :

Watson: “Off topic but I hate being quizzed by pharmacists about prescriptions I got from the doctor!

Hmmm not sure what you expect from a pharmacist but its their duty of care to ask you questions about your medicines and provide advice and guidance… dont know what your job is but imagine if your clients huffed and puffed everytime you carried out your legal responsibilties – such as asking questions about painkillers to make you dont turn as yellow as the tablets themselves…

Ah, but there is a big difference between giving advice/guidance and lecturing. I suffer from a chronic bone condition and I had our local chemist once talk me out of pain killers and send me home with some natural cream instead. I had a bad night’s sleep.

I try to always go to the same chemist now and usually end up speaking to the same pharmacist and that makes a big difference.

And I often go to pharmacists for advice and theirs is usually better than the average GP’s. (Disclaimer: if their advice is to go see a GP, I take it. But at least they will give me some idea of what to ask the GP.)

nazasaurus 10:52 pm 09 Sep 11

Watson: “Off topic but I hate being quizzed by pharmacists about prescriptions I got from the doctor!

Hmmm not sure what you expect from a pharmacist but its their duty of care to ask you questions about your medicines and provide advice and guidance… dont know what your job is but imagine if your clients huffed and puffed everytime you carried out your legal responsibilties – such as asking questions about painkillers to make you dont turn as yellow as the tablets themselves…

vg 9:37 pm 09 Sep 11

” So in practice if you had a receipt from the Chemist for painkillers/ cold and flu tablets from the day you were sick this could be seen as sufficient evidence.”

Bullshit

A reasonable person would not be satisfied by that. The receipt could be for anyone. You might want to do a bit of reading on ‘reasonable person tests’ before you give ridiculous ‘advice’ like this

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