Get a Sick Note

Updated on 9th September 2018 at 9:59 am


It is not necessary to obtain a sick note from a Doctor unless you have been absent from work for more than one week.

The first week

If you are off work for up to one week you do not need a sick note but you do need to inform your employer.

This means you can either write a letter to your employer or, if you prefer, there is a form you can complete and hand back to your employer. (SC2)

After one week
Once you have been off sick for more than 1 week you can obtain a sick note from a doctor (Fit note).

This can sometimes be done by a telephone consultation with a GP who may be able to issue a certificate without you needing to be seen.

If you have a continuing problem, Please discuss with the Doctor who saw you previously for the condition.  A certificate may be issued without you being seen in person following telephone consultation.

If you have been in Hospital a sick note can either be issued by the Hospital Doctor or by a telephone consultation with your own Doctor who will have been informed by the Hospital of your visit. It is not normally necessary for the Doctor to see you in person.

If you have not been seen by a doctor for the current problem and it is not a continuing condition it may be necessary for you to be seen by a doctor in person at the surgery.

It is routine policy for a sick note to be back dated so you do not need to be seen urgently or on the day that your sick note expires or is due to be issued. It can be issued at a later date and backdated at the doctors discretion to the required date.

All sick notes will have an illness or relevant condition stated and a length of time the sick note is covering. Sick notes can be collected from Reception at your convenience.

Private certificates
If you require a private certificate please ask at reception.  Charges may apply.