Self Certification Sick / Fit Note for less than 7 days

Dear Patients, due to the pressure the NHS is currently under, the government have temporarily changed the rules for fit notes. For further information see GOV: Taking sick leave.

Please do not request a sick/fit note in the first 28 days of illness.

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 Doctor’s note under these circumstances may involve a charge.

Many employers 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. You do not need to see a Doctor.