Sick (fit) notes

Sick (fit) notes

If you’ve been off sick for more than 7 days

To request a sick note:

  • fill out a sick note request form
  • phone or visit the surgery from 10am to 6pm

If you’ve been off sick for 7 days or less

If you’re off work sick for 7 days or less, your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you’ve been ill. Instead, they 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. We call this self-certification.

Find out more about sick notes on the NHS website.

Can I get a fit note without seeing my GP?

A fit note must be signed by a doctor, but you do not always need to see a GP in person to get one. Please see NHS website for details.

Can I go back to work before the end date on my fit note?

Please check the NHS website for details

Do I need a return to work note?

If you are fit for work, you do not need a fit note.

Your doctor will only give you a fit note if your health affects your fitness for work.