Sick/Fit Note Certificates

Self Certification Sick/Fit Note for less than 7 days

If you have been ill for 7 days or less you DO NOT need to see a Doctor. You can complete a Self-Certification form yourself and give this to your employer. 

Some companies may have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form you can download the Self Certification Form.

Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer.


Doctor’s Sick/Fit 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.

You will need to make an appointment to see a doctor.

If you have already been seen by your Doctor about this illness you may be able to request a certificate via a telephone consultation, please ask one of the receptionists.

Requesting an additional Sick/Fit 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. 

Please speak with a member of the Reception team regarding additional Sick / Fit Note requests.

Please note, although we can back date Sick Notes, but we are unable to post date.  Please therefore call and request on the day your renewal sick note is needed.

Coronavirus/COVID 19 - DO I NEED A SICK NOTE?

From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of your inability to attend.