Request a Fitness to Work Form

If you are off work sick for seven days or less, your employer should not ask you for a doctor's certificate. You will need a medical certificate if you are off work sick for than seven days. The seven days include days that you don't normally work. So when you work out how long you've been off sick, you should include weekends and bank holidays.

Sick certification forms

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill. You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

Self-certification forms usually include details such as:

  • information about your sickness or illness
  • the date your sickness started
  • the date your sickness ended

These dates may be days that you don't normally work. For example, your sickness could start or end on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn't have their own form, instead they may use an SC2 form from HM Revenue & Customs Employee's Statement of Sickness.

Complete the HMRC self certifcation form online

Sickness of more than seven days

If you are sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will normally ask you to provide a medical certificate from your GP.

When you need a certificate will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need a note.

To find out about your employer's policy:

  • ask your team leader or supervisor, or
  • speak to someone from your human resources (HR) or personnel department

Medicolegally we are unable to post date fit note requests. GPs can provide backdated certification following a request if suitably indicated. 

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SICK CERTIFICATION FORM

If you have been sick and off work for more than seven days, complete the online electronic consultation form (PATCHES) to request a medical certifcation from your GP. Please ensure all information including specified are provided on the form. Please click here

Further information

Medicolegally we are unable to post date fit note requests. GPs can provide backdated certification following a request if suitably indicated. 

Fit note requests for children are not suitable, however we can provide a medical summary or an appoinment card upon request. 

Fit notes are also referred as doctor's notes, sick notes or medical certificates.

If you have not seen a GP or nurse at the practice and we have no external information from another health professional/organisation regarding your illness, we may not be able to provide a certificate. Please complete an electronic consultation request (Patches) which will be reviewed by a GP. 

If you are under the care of a hospital specialist or recently been admitted, your certificate may be issued directly by the hospital.