Sick Notes

Self Certification Sick Note for less than 7 days

If you have been ill for 7 days or less you don’t need to see a Doctor. You can complete a Self Certification form yourself. However some employers insist on a Doctor’s note regardless. A Doctors note under these circumstances involves a charge of £13.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form your can download this Self Certification Form (PDF). Please  print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor.

Doctor’s Sick Note for less than 7 days

The Doctor’s note is referred to as a Fit Note. Your GP is entitled to charge you for a Fit Note when the illness has been for 7 days or less.

Doctor’s Sick Note for more than 7 days

If you have been ill for more than 7 days you will need a doctor’s certificate.
These certificates are called ‘Fitness To Work’ Certificates.

Requesting an additional Sick Note

If you have already had a Sick Note (Fit Note) for this illness your Doctor may not need to see you to issue an additional Sick Note.