If you’re off work sick for more than 7 days, your employer will usually ask for a fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from a healthcare professional. Fit notes are sometimes referred to as medical statements or a doctor’s note or a sick note. There is no charge for this certificate.
Already seen by your GP about this illness
If you have already been seen by your GP about this illness and you subsequently need a certificate this will be available within a week on request.
Request for an extension of a previous fit note
On occasions if you have already had a fit note for the same illness then your GP may not need to see you to issue a new fit note.
Request a sick (fit) note form
In both circumstances you can request a sick (fit) note using our online form.
Complete and submit the online form:
We will contact you to let you know when the fit (sick) note is available or alternatively to arrange an appointment for a review of the illness with your GP if that is thought to be necessary before the issuing of a fit note.
As is explained under Fit Notes for any hospital inpatient stay (NHS or private) you should get the fit note from the team looking after you. In addition, if you are seen in hospital outpatients your consultant can complete a fit note at that point, if they think you should be off work.