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Sickness Certificates

Sickness Certificate (Med 3) Requests for Existing Conditions

We have changed the system for requesting your Med 3 (sick notes). In order to avoid a delay, if you are requesting a continuation Med 3 (sick note) for an existing problem, we are asking that you to complete an online consult request

When you have submitted this, please allow 2 working days for us to process your request.If you are unable to use this facility, please contact the surgery in the usual way allowing up to 3 working days for your request to be actioned.

If your request is for a new problem you will require either a telephone consultation appointment or a face to face appointment with one of our clinicians, depending on your condition. Please contact the surgery in the usual way.

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About Sickness Certificates

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 also available from your employer.

Evidence that you are sick

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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.

Statement of Fitness for Work (’Fit Note')

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.

Statement of Fitness for Work (www.gov.uk website)

(This information was sourced from the www.gov.uk website)