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Fitness for Work

Fitness for Work replaced the Sick notes (sometimes called doctor’s notes or medical certificates) are not normally required until you have been off work for a period of seven days.

During the first three days of an illness your employer does not legally require a sick note.

For days 4-7 you can give your employers a ‘Self Certificate’ sick note. This is a form which you complete and it does not require you to see a doctor. The seven days include days that you don’t normally work, such as weekends and bank holidays. Your employer may provide you with this form, or you can click below to download one.

For any illness over 7 days long you will need to see a doctor for a Fitness for Work certificate. There is not usually a charge for this.

If you’re under the care of a hospital, your Fitness for Work certificate may be issued by the hospital, rather than by your GP.

If your employer requests a Fitness for Work certificate for a period of illness less than seven days, we are not obliged to provide one. However, in these circumstances we may be able to issue a private sick note for a charge - please discuss with your GP.

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