If you are off work due to sickness for more than 7 days you will need to see the doctor for a sick note before the 8th day of absence. For absences more than 4 days but less than 7 days, your employer must give you a self-certification form to complete.
Possession of this letter does not indicate that any medical consultation has occurred.
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). 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.
With effect from 26th October 2015 we are no longer able to accept requests over the telephone for either a medical sick certificate or fit to return to work certificate.
We shall now require this request in writing. To access the relevant form(s) for completion, please see below:
Medical Sick Certificate
A medical sick certificate should be used if you are absent from work for 8 days or more (including weekends) or if you require an extension to an existing medical sick note. Please return the completed form to the surgery.
Please note the doctors cannot issue a medical sick certificate unless they have consulted with you personally or they have received information from another medical professional i.e. hospital. The doctors can however extend an existing medical sick certificate without a further consultation.
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.
A fit to return to work certificate should be used after agreeing a return to work plan with your employer. Please ensure that the "full details" section on the form is fully completed, for example, to include phased return to work hours/days, amended duties and any adaptations your employer may make on your behalf.
GPs are not required to issue sickness certification for periods of less than 7 days or `Fitness to return to work’ notes as part of their contractual obligations within the NHS.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
Private Health Insurance, Medicals, and Certificates
If you are covered by a private health insurance (e.g. via your work) please let the doctor know.
A variety of private medical examinations, e.g. insurance medicals, HGV, PSV,pre-employment, taxi drivers and sub-aqua medicals are carried out by the partners after general surgery. A charge is made in line with the recommended BMA scale. Please ring reception to organise an appointment
A charge is made for completion of non NHS forms, e.g. health insurance claims, some travel vaccinations, holiday cancellations, fitness to travel etc. Also for private sickness certificates
PLEASE ALLOW 10 WORKING DAYS FOR THESE TO BE FILLED IN