Occupational health care and sick leaves

In order to ease the load on health care services, staff members can go on sick leave for 7 consecutive days by informing their supervisor and obtaining his or her permission, and no visit to the occupational health care is required.  The same also applies to situations where an employee’s child is ill.

How does working remotely from home affect my occupational health care services? (Updated 2 April 2020 at 7.31)
Occupational health care at Terveystalo is normally available to those who are entitled to occupational health care also when they are working remotely from home. We have made the Doctor Chat available 24/7, so it is possible to contact a physician via the chat also on the weekends. In line with our agreement with Terveystalo, in-person appointments with physicians are not available on the weekends.

Terveystalo’s Nurse Chat is now also available to the staff of the University of Eastern Finland. The Nurse Chat is intended for taking care of medical issues that do not necessarily require the attention of a medical doctor. The chat is available 24/7.

Please note that occupational health care services are very busy at the moment, and this is why it is important that occupational health care is contacted only when truly needed.  The university hasn’t made coronavirus testing available via Terveystalo: Public health care takes care of testing according to its own policy definitions. Please remember that if you suspect having contracted the coronavirus, do not visit any health care outlet without calling there first. Because the situation is unusual, it is important to follow bulletins issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and to understand the fact that occupational health care now serves patients in an order of priority. Let’s work together to make sure that those in need of urgent care also get it.

What are the practices relating to sick leaves at the moment? (Updated 16 March 2020 at 16.35)
In order to ease the load on health care services, staff members can go on sick leave for 7 consecutive days by informing their supervisor and obtaining his or her permission, and no visit to the occupational health care is required.  The same also applies to situations where an employee’s child is ill.