First 28 days of illness
You only need a doctor’s note if you are unable to work and are ill for longer than 28 calendar days. Your employer will provide you with an SC2 self-certificate form for shorter periods of illness. A manual form is available here to print, complete and hand in.
If you are self-isolating and cannot work because of coronavirus (COVID-19) you can get an ‘isolation note’ online from NHS 111. You do not have to contact the GP or a hospital.
After 28 days
For more information on requesting a sick/fit note please visit the Gov.UK website https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave
Once you have been off longer than 28 calendar days you can obtain a sick/fit note from your Doctor. To request a sick/fit note click here. If you haven’t seen your Doctor about this illness the Doctor may call you or arrange an appointment.
Additional/Extension Sick/Fit Notes
If you already have a sick/fit note for your illness the Doctor may not need to speak to you before issuing an additional sick/fit note. To request an additional sick/fit note click here.
It is possible to back date a sick/fit note so you don’t need to be seen urgently or on the date it expires.