1. Symptomatic so isolating for seven days
You can and should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if you are unfit to work. You do not need to contact your GP.
2. If you have symptoms and remain unwell for over seven days
If you remain unwell and unfit to work after seven days, the current advice is to visit www.111.nhs.uk where there is an online self-assessment tool. You do not need to contact your GP for a certificate but you can use the template letter which you can download from this page.
3. If there are household members with symptoms so you are isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
We are not able to negotiate the statutory sick pay system and can only provide certificates for the purpose of illness, not in relation to government advice regarding self-isolation. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice.
4. If you are in an ‘at risk’ group and following government advice
Where you do become unwell during or after this time, please go to point 1 and 2. You do not need to contact your GP.
5. If you are in full time education who are symptomatic or requiring self-isolation
There is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctor’s note’. You do not need to contact their GP.
The current Government Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) states;
“By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.
We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advices issued by the government.”
If needed, you can use this letter as the practice will not provide a medical certificate for patients requiring self-isolation for coronavirus.