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Sick Notes

How do I order a sick note?


Employees only need a fit note from a doctor after 7 days off work sick. For the first 7 days of sickness a Self-Certification form (SC2) should be completed. These are available from your GP surgery or employer and can also be downloaded from:

Fit notes and proof of sickness

Employees must give their employer a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (previously called a ‘sick note’) if they are off sick for more than 7 days in a row (including non-working days). The doctor can charge a fee if a fit note is asked for before the 7th day.

To request a fit note, please telephone the surgery on the morning of the day you want the note to start from. If this is a weekend, please telephone on the following Monday and ask for the note to be backdated to the appropriate day.

It is not possible to issue a fit note before the date on which it is due.

When telephoning, you will be asked for your name; address; date of birth; the date the fit note should start from and the duration for which the fit note is required i.e. 1 day, 1 week, 1 month etc. If you have not recently been seen by the doctor regarding your illness, you may also be asked for details of the illness, for example if you were treated in hospital or whilst away on holiday.

Please provide a current contact number in case the doctor needs to contact you to discuss your request.

The sick note will usually be ready for collection by the end of the day on which it was requested.

Fit notes for schools

Fit notes requested for schools will incur a charge as they are not required by law.

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