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Certificates and sick notes



Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Please note that it is practice policy not to issue sick certificates for school children or students.

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).

Your employer 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.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will most likely ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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.

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.

This information has been sourced from the DirectGov website - please visit the website for further information.

Procedure concerning death certification

When someone has died a death certificate needs to be issued by a medical practitioner. We want to explain the practicalities so that things go as smoothly as possible at this difficult time for you. We do understand what a busy and stressful time it can be.

The patient’s usual doctor will normally complete the certificate. Sometimes it may not be straightforward, for instance if the usual doctor is away or if the death needs to be discussed with the coroner.

So that you are not inconvenienced we would suggest collecting the certificate from the surgery reception two working days after the death occurred. This will allow for any complications in issuing the certificate to be addressed.

We do appreciate that you will need to register the death within 5 working days and would not wish to delay this. If there is a particular problem with waiting for two working days to collect the certificate then please let our receptionist at Cutlers Hill Surgery know and we will do our best to fit in with your plans or appointments. Please ensure we have your contact details in case we need to let you know of possible delays.



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