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Sick Note

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 when you’ve been off more 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.

A medical certificate note must be signed by a doctor. The Fit Notes mean your GP can give you advice to help you return to work. This is because work can play an important part in helping people to recover from illness or injury. The GP can either say you are not fit for work, or can say you may be fit for work.

If you have seen a doctor at the practice regarding the problem you need a medical certificate for (or we have received a letter from the hospital about your sickness) you may not need to see the doctor again. You can complete a fit note request form at reception, which will be passed to the doctor to review. The doctor may also be able to speak to you on the telephone depending on how well they know you and why you are off work sick. You can also request repeat Fit Note requests over the phone or using E-Consult.

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