Been Off Work?
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 been given instructions to self-isolate by 111, you MUST follow this advice.
You DO NOT need a GP Medical certificate (MED3) for this (see below).
Support for those affected/Sick Pay/Medical Certificates
To support people affected by COVID-19, various new measures have been introduced including:
- eligibility for Statutory Sick Pay from day 1
- no requirement for a GP MED3 to evidence self-isolation where this has been recommended, and
- measures for those applying for Universal Credit who have been advised to self-isolate.
Please see here for further information.
We will NOT be able to provide medical certificates in these situations, please direct your employers to this link if there is any doubt.
Letters regarding cancellation of travel plans and working from home
We are not able to give advice about working from home (see here) or issue letters supporting cancellation of travel plans (see here).
Please do not call regarding these questions.
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).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
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)
Request for sick notes
If you require a sick note/ fit for work note you can request one from email@example.com
Please provide name, date of birth, reason for absence from work and duration of sick note needed.
It may take up to 48hrs for this request to be met but the sick note will be dated from the day you requested it.
If this is related to a new condition or we need more information we may ask you to attend the surgery prior to the sick note being completed