Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Please do not make a GP appointment if this is the sole reason for attending. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website. They are not available from the practice.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay). This is usually in the form of a certificate called a “Statement of Fitness for Work” or “Fit Note“.

Usually you should see a GP if this the first time you have needed evidence in a bout of illness. However, if you have been in hospital then the hospital doctors should provide you with a Fit Note before you are discharged.

If you are currently off work and have provided a Fit Note up to a certain date, this can be extended without a GP appointment if the GP feels this is appropriate. eg you have recently been seen by another health care colleague and we have written evidence that you remain likely unfit to work. Please discuss continuation of Fit Notes with reception if you are unsure if you need a GP appointment.

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A Fit Note from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

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.

More about the 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

Please note

If you are asked to provide evidence from a doctor for sickness of less than 7 days or if your absence is unrelated to employment eg school then this is not covered by our NHS GMS contract and as such will incur a fee from the practice.