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 requesting a new sick note you will need to book an appointment with the Doctor to discuss the request in more detail.
If you are requesting a continuation or extension of a sick note, we will send a request off to the Doctor to extend your current sick note. However, please note the Doctor may still request for you to book an appointment.
Currently the practice policy for sick note turn around is 5 working days. Please note that sick notes can be back dated if required.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
For more information: https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave
The ‘fit note’ was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer’s support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fit-note