Self Certification Sick / Fit Note for less than 7 days

For the first three days of an illness your employer does not legally require any sick notes.

For days 4, 5, 6 and 7 you can give your employers a Self Certificate sick note, this is a form you complete and does not require a doctor’s opinion:

For any illness over 7 days long you will need a doctor’s note.

If your employer wants a doctor’s note for a period of illness less than a week we are not obliged to issue any certificate. In special circumstances we can issue a private sick note, for which there is a charge:

For illnesses and injuries which have involved the hospital or A&E (such as a broken wrist) we are able to use Consultant letters as proof of illness and can in many cases safely give you a sick note without you having to come into the surgery. The hospital wards and A&E can issue you with a sick note if you ask them at the time.

If you have a long term illness we are often able to give you a sick note from your records without you having to come into the surgery to be seen.

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