Request a Fit Note
Coronavirus update - please do not contact the practice if you need a note for your employer regarding absence from work due to coronavirus. Instead please follow the advice below:
Isolation notes if you have symptoms or live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus or live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note to send to your employer as proof you need to stay off work. You do not need to get a fit note from your GP.
Please make sure you have checked the NHS coronavirus advice before using this service.
Fit Notes (Not For Coronavirus)
If you need to make a Fit Note request please contact your GPs secretary on 01373 301301 Option 4 between 10:30am – 3:00pm (Monday – Friday).
Off Work Sick?
If you are sick and off work for seven days or less, your employer should not ask you for a doctor's certificate, now known as a Fit Note. You will need a FIt Note if you are off work sick for more than seven days. The seven days include days that you don't normally work. So when you work out how long you've been off sick, you should include weekends and bank holidays.
Sick Certification Forms
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.
Self-certification forms usually include details such as:
- information about your sickness or illness
- the date your sickness started
- the date your sickness ended
These dates may be days that you don't normally work. For example, your sickness could start or end on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday.
Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn't have their own form, instead they may use an SC2 form from HM Revenue & Customs – Employee's Statement of Sickness.
Click here to download a template self-certification form.
Sickness of More Than Seven Days
If you are sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will normally ask you to provide a Fit Note - sometimes called a medical certificate - from your GP.
When you need a Fit Note 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 a note.
To find out about your employer's policy:
- ask your team leader or supervisor, or
- speak to someone from your human resources (HR) or personnel department
Fit Notes and How to Get One
A Fit Note must be signed by a doctor - in the case of the Practice this will be a GP. The Fit Note means your GP can give you advice to help you return to work. This is because work can play an important part in helping people to recover from illness or injury. The GP can either say you are not fit for work, or can say you may be fit for work. The GP will choose the option for may be fit to work if they think that returning to work – with support from your employer – will help you.
There is also space for the GP to give advice to your employer about the impact of your illness or injury and can suggest common ways in which your employer can help you return to work such as allowing you to work part time or temporarily or by changing your duties, for example, if you have back pain, avoiding heavy lifting.
Fit notes are also sometimes called doctor's notes, sick notes, medical certificates or doctor's statements.
If you have seen a doctor at the Practice regarding the problem you need a Fit Note for (or we have received a letter from the hospital about your sickness) you may not need to see the GP again. Call your GPs secretary on 01373 301301 Option 4 to discuss this.
If you have not seen a GP at the Practice and we have had no information from a medical professional about your illness, you will not be able to get a Fit Note without an appointment. Please book a routine appointment; urgent appointments are only provided for genuine medical emergencies and not for the purpose of Fit Notes.
There are rules governing the issue of Fit Notes and the GP may not be able to supply one, depending on the information you provide.
If you are under the care of a hospital, your certificate should be issued by the hospital, rather than by the Practice.
Charges For Fit Notes
There is usually no charge for providing a Fit Note if you are off sick for more than seven days.
Some employers may request a Fit Note (e.g. from employees who repeatedly take time off sick) even if they are off work for seven days or less. This is a private non-NHS medical certificate.
For sickness of seven days or less, a charge of £30 is payable in order for us to provide a Private Fit Note.
When Your Fit Note Runs Out
If your Fit Note runs out, but you are still unwell, you may not need to have a further review with a GP. Call your GPs Secretary on 01373 301301 Option 4 who will request this for you with the GP. You will be advised if you need to make a further appointment.
Fit Notes can be back-dated so it is not necessary to make an emergency appointment to renew your certifiate. If you attend an emergency appointment for the purpose of getting a medical certificate you will be asked to rebook.
Can I return to work before my Fit Note runs out?
You should go back to work as soon as you feel able to, and with your employers agreement. This may be before your Fit Note runs out.
For example, you may want to go back to work sooner if:
- you've recovered from your illness or injury more quickly than expected
- your employer can offer you support to help you return to work
You do not need to see your GP or arrange a Fit to Return to Work Certificate to return to work before your Fit Note runs out.
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