Sickness Certificates (Fit Note)
You do not require a doctor's certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or at our reception or on the HMRC website or they may provide you with their own form for completion
If you have been off work sick for more than seven days you will need to get a Statement of Fitness to Work (fit note) from your GP or the doctor that treated you in hospital.
The fit note allows your doctor to provide you with more information on how your condition affects your ability to work. It may suggest ways in which you can return to work, for example, changes to your working hours or different duties for a temporary time. This will help your employer to understand how they might be able to help you return to work sooner. You and your employer will be able to talk about how this will benefit your return to work.
The Fit Note replaces the sick note. It is the new form that your doctor will give you when your health affects your ability to work. More information can be found about understanding Fit Notes from www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/Sicknessabsence/
IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU NEED A CONTINUATION OF A SICK NOTE - YOU MUST ALLOW AT LEAST 7 DAYS FOR THIS TO BE PROCESSED. CONTINUING SICK NOTES WILL NOT BE ISSUED ON THE SAME DAY AND THE RECEPTIONISTS WILL NOT BOOK URGENT APPOINTMENTS FOR THIS PURPOSE.
WE REGRET THAT WE WILL NOT ORDINARILY ISSUE DUPLICATE SICK NOTES - IF YOU ARE HANDING YOUR SICK NOTE TO ANOTHER AGENCY OR IN CASE OF LOSS, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU TAKE A PHOTOCOPY OF IT BEFORE DOING SO.