- The law says you may self certify your illness for seven days before any need for an official Department of Health sick note.
- Your employer should provide you with a self-certification certificate (SC2) so that you can declare your illness (legally you do not need this for the first three days of your illness).
- If your illness continues for more than seven days, under the NHS your GP can issue an official Department of Health statement (called the Med 3 or a Med 5) as a statement of your illness.
Please note: If you require a “sick note” for an illness of fewer than seven days’ duration, a private doctor’s statement may be requested. The fee for this is £19.00, to be met by the patient or the employer.
The Receptionist will take a request for a sick note and pass it to the relevant member of staff who will check to see if it is appropriate for a GP to issue. The GP will not always need to see you to issue this. The triage GP is not available to discuss sick notes with patients. The triage service is for same-day urgent medical needs only.
Statutory Sick Pay Certificate