Fit Notes

Please be advised that the practice WILL NOT be issuing fit notes to patients that are self-isolating due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  You can get an online self-isolation fit note here.

click here to view the local Government guidance.

Fitness to Work Certificates

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.

If you have self-certified for seven days and require a fit note from the GP, please click here to submit an online request via our eConsult service.

If you have not had contact with a health professional during the current period of sickness, they will not be able to back date the fit note as there is no evidence to prove that you were sick.  GP’s are also unable to forward date a fit note, for example, the GP may complete a fit note to cover you for two weeks, if you required an extension then you would need to contact the practice on the day that your fit note ran out.  For prolonged sickness such as recovering from an operation or serious illness, the GP wouldn’t necessarily need to see you every time you required an extension.  Please contact the practice if you require clarification.

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you’ve been ill.  You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you’re sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness.  Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer’s company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence).  This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a 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)

The Fit for Work Team are offering help to patients, click here to see the information leaflet!

Covid Information Leaflet