If an immediate family member has fallen ill, for example your partner, father or mother, you are allowed to take short-term care leave. You are entitled to take a maximum of 2 weeks care leave within a 12-month period. During short-term care leave, you will continue to receive 70% of your wages; this payment may not be less than the statutory minimum wage for your age.
One of the conditions for short-term care leave is that this person who is ill needs care and you are the obvious person to provide that care. If the person who is ill has been admitted to the hospital, then you cannot usually take short-term care leave because the person who is ill is already receiving appropriate care.