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. GP’s do not issue fit notes for the first seven days of absence caused by illness or injury and they do not issue return to work notes even if your employer asks you to get these.

Please note that an appointment for a fit note is not classed as urgent and you may have a routine wait to see a Doctor, however the fit note can be backdated.