All patients taking time off work due to illness will need to self-certify for the first 7 days of their illness. Many employers have their own self-certification forms, but if your employer doesn’t have its own form you can refer to GOV.UK or download this PDF form. You do not need a doctor to fill out the self-certification form.
Fit Notes will only be provided by a GP after the 7th day of your illness. You will need to have a consultation with a GP before they can provide a Fit Note, but they are able to backdate it by a few days if this is required. You can return to work before the assigned end date of your fit note if you feel better, but you must discuss this with your employer.
Please be advised that we are currently sending Fit Notes to patients via email due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions.
For more guidance about Fit Notes please refer to the GOV.UK website.