Sick / Fit Notes

7 days or Less

If you have been ill for 7 days or less you don’t need to see a Doctor.

You can complete a Self Certification form yourself; however some employers insist on a Doctor’s note regardless. 

A Doctor’s note under these circumstances may involve a charge.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms, if your employer doesn’t have its own form you can download a Self Certification Form.

Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer.

You do not need to see a Doctor.

More than 7 days

If you’re off work sick for more than 7 days, your employer will usually ask for a fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from a GP or hospital doctor.

If this is the case please contact the practice to arrange an appointment.

Your doctor will assess you, and if they decide your health affects your fitness for work, they can issue a fit note and advise either that:

  • you are “not fit for work”
  • you “may be fit for work taking into account the following advice”