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Sick Notes

Off work sick 7 days or less

If you are off work sick for 7 days or less, your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you’ve been ill. Instead they 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.

Follow this link to the online Statutory Sick Pay form or ask your employer to provide you with an SC2-self certificate form.

More than 7 days off sick

If you are off work sick for more than 7 days, your employer will usually ask for a fit note or statement of fitness for Work from a healthcare professional.

If you require a current sick note to be extended, please note this can not be issued until the date of your current one which you can request by contacting the surgery or complete an online consultation query form.

Sick notes covering period of stay in hospital and expected recovery time

It is the responsibility of the hospital staff to issue sick notes for a period of stay in hospital and the ‘expected’ recovery time afterwards. This certificate should be obtained before you are discharged from hospital.

Further information can be found on the NHS website.


Date published: 8th October, 2014
Date last updated: 28th February, 2024