Doctor’s Sick / Fit Note for more than 7 days
By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness (that is, employees can self-certify). After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee. To make it easier for people to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home, the government has developed an alternative form of evidence to the sick/fit note. These are available through NHS 111 online.
The Downland Practice will not be providing these notes.
We will continue to provide sick/fit notes for non-COVID reasons. These are available through the website at www.downlandpractice.nhs.uk. Please click on ‘reception and enquiries’ and ‘sick/fit notes’.
In the meantime, the government and we at the Downland Practice continue to urge employers in these unprecedented circumstances to respect the need for employees to stay at home where they are following government advice to do so and to show flexibility in the evidence they require from employees.
If you have been ill for more than 7 days you will need a doctor’s certificate.
These certificates are called ‘Fitness To Work’ Certificates.
If you have not already seen a doctor regarding this illness, you will be required to make an appointment to request a sick note.
Please only use this form if you are requesting a sick note for an illness the GP has seen/treated you for recently.
If we need to contact you regarding the submission of your form, we may respond directly through the website and aim to do this within 10 working days of receipt of your form. You will be notified of any responses via email. Please remember to check your email account’s spam/junk folder.