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The ‘Fit Note’

The ‘fit note’ replaced the doctor’s sick note on 6 April 2010. With your employer’s support, the note may help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.  Urgent Appointments are not given for this.

Information about the fit note (employment section)

Short-term sickness

If you are off sick from work for less than 7 days, you do not need to obtain a sick note from the doctor. Please speak to your employer, who will be able to give you a form for Self Certification.

Long-term sickness

If you are off sick for a long period and you need repeat sick notes then please try to see the same doctor. Please speak to the GP in advance, as we cannot issue repeat sick notes urgently.

Fit for Work Certificate

It is not necessary to have a Doctor’s certificate until you have been absent continuously from work for seven days including weekends. After three days you must obtain a self-certificate (SC2) from your employer. If your employer insists on a private certificate for an illness of less than seven days duration then the Doctor will charge a fee of £15. If your illness continues for more than seven days then under the NHS your GP can issue an official statement (Med3) “fit to work certificate” to confirm your illness.

You can also download the SC2 Form