You do not require a Doctor’s sickness 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 on the HMRC website.
Requesting a Medical Certificate
- If you have been off work for more than seven days you can request a medical certificate from your GP.
To request a sick note for a new illness
If you have been off work for more than seven days, you can request a sick note. To do this, please complete the form below to book an appointment to speak to a clinician who will then send your sick note to you by text.
If you aren’t able to complete the online request form, you can call the surgery Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:30pm to request an appointment.
To request an sick note extension
If you already have a sick note and require more time of work for the same illness, you can request another sick note without self-certifying again. If you would like your sick note extended, please complete the form below on the day your current sick note expires and a new sick note will be sent to you by text.
Sick note extension request form
- If you aren’t able to complete the sick note extension request form, you can also send an online request here or call the surgery Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:30pm.
- Repeat Fit notes cannot be requested until the date they have expired, however they can be backdated to run simultaneously from your previous fit note.
- You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a Medical Practitioner, e.g. a Dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
Statement of Fitness for Work – ‘Fit Note’
- The ‘fit note’ was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer’s support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
- For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)