Fit notes and sickness certificates

Absence from work due to illness for up to one week does NOT require a medical certificate from your doctor. You should obtain a self-certificate from your employer. Alternatively, you can download a self certificate by clicking here. Self certification is legally binding. Your employer MUST accept this as a form of notification of sickness absence for up to 7 consecutive days.

If your employer insists on a medical certificate from a GP for absence from work from day 1 up to and including day 7, this will be classed as a non-NHS service and may be subject to a charge which would either be payable by your employer or yourself. Any absence over one week from work will need a medical certificate from your doctor.  

Self-isolation lines (for COVID19) are available from here:  https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note.  

For all other fit notes, please make an appointment (telephone is often fine).

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