Sick Notes (Statement of Fitness for Work/Med 3)


Requesting a Sick Note:

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

If you are in hospital, they will provide you with a sick note. They should also include any period necessary after you leave hospital. If necessary, this can be extended by your GP when you return home, without necessarily needing to see you.

Please note that the format, title and wording of Sick Notes has recently changed and there is now provision for your GP to advise you that you are able to attend for work in certain circumstances via a phased return, amended duties, altered hours or workplace adaptions.


After the first 7 days, you will need a sick note from your GP. If necessary, this can be backdated to ensure continuity of sickness absence so an immediate appointment is not necessary.


When you know the date you are returning to work, we can often give you a ‘starting back’ note (also known as a ‘fit’ note or ‘return to work’ note) upon request.


If you want to see your doctor solely to extend a sick note please check with the Care Navigator (receptionist) whether an appointment is necessary, if you have seen a Doctor recently then this may not be required.


Digital Sick Notes:

Sick notes or Med3's can also be issued digitally via an SMS or email link, these then can be downloaded or printed to give to your employer. To use this service please ensure we have up to date contact details. 


Private Sick Notes:

If you want a note to confirm sickness within the first 7 days of absence this will require a private note for which a fee is due. please check with the Care Navigator (receptionist) whether an appointment is necessary.

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