Formerly known as Sick Notes, Fit Notes are notes that a GP can issue you to certify you are unwell.
If you’re 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.
You can download and fill in a self certification form here:
If you need a fit note, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page. Or if you are getting hospital treatment, ask for one from your hospital doctor.
Your doctor will assess you, and if they decide your health affects your fitness for work, they can issue a fit note and advise either that:
Your doctor will choose the “may be fit for work” option if they think that you are able to do some work, even if it is not your usual job, with support from your employer.
Discuss this advice with your employer to see if you can return to work. For example, your doctor may suggest possible changes, such as:
If your employer is unable to accommodate the changes advised by a doctor, then the fit note is treated as though it said “unfit for work”.
There is never a charge from a doctor for providing a fit note if you’re off sick from work for more than 7 days.
For sickness of 7 days or less, your GP practice may charge you to provide a private medical certificate.
For example, some employers may request medical evidence from employees who repeatedly take time off sick, even if each time they’re off work it’s for 7 days or less. A fit note cannot be used for this purpose and a doctor may charge to issue a private certificate.
PLEASE NOTE – You need to request a continuation sick note 7 days before your note runs out to enable us to process. Fit Note requests are not considered urgent and will be dealt with within 7 days of request.
Fit note request