Fit Notes

For absences of 7 days or less, employers are responsible for providing and completion of self certification forms for members of their staff. Your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you’ve been ill.

If you’re off work sick for more than seven days, your employer will usually ask you to provide proof that you’ve been ill. They will normally ask for a sick note from your GP. Sick notes may also be called a medical certificate or a doctor’s note.

The Doctor will give a sick note if you are going to be absent from work for more than 5 working days. You will need to make an appointment with your GP and come into surgery. If you are unable to leave your home, a telephone consultation will be offered.

(The seven days includes days that you don’t normally work. When you work out how long you’ve been off sick, you should include weekends and bank holidays.)