Request a Fitness for Work Form
Fitness for Work certificates (also known as fit notes, sick notes or medical certificates) will not be dealt with by the duty doctor as they are not urgent acute medical issues. To request a fit note, patients must either book a routine GP appointment or request a fit note via e-Consult. Fit notes can be backdated where necessary.
There is often a lot of confusion over the requirement for certification for absence from work on health grounds and whether you need to see a doctor or not. The law states that if employees are off work for 7 days or less, they do not need to give their employer a fit note or other proof of sickness from a medical professional. This means that you can make the decision that you are not well enough to go to work without having to go to your GP prior to this. You will only require an official medical fit to work certificate if you have been off work for more than 7 days.
You should 'self-certify' using a form that your employer should provide. Alternatively, you can access the form online here.
If your illness continues for more than 7 days and you feel unable to return to work, your GP can issue an official Department of Health Statement (this is called a Fit for work certificate) certifying your illness.
You may submit your request for a fit note via e-Consult or by arranging a routine telephone appointment. However, your Doctor may advise that you need to be seen and examined in order for the fit for work certificate to be issued. The only exception to this is if your request is for a consecutive continuation of a previous certificate. Even then it is at the discretion of your GP and you may still have to be seen in the surgery before the certificate can be issued.
If you would still like to request a GP letter for less than one week's absence, the Doctor may arrange for a Private Doctor's statement. There will be a private charge of £30 payable by either yourself or, in some cases, your employer.
Further information on the Fitness for Work forms can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/caring-carers-and-long-term-conditions/when-do-i-need-a-fit-note/#charges-for-fit-notes and https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave.
If your employer insists on a note within the first 7 days if an illness, there will be a charge for this. More information can be found: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/caring-carers-and-long-term-conditions/when-do-i-need-a-fit-note/#charges-for-fit-notes and https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave.