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‘Fitness for work’ information

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 they should provide.  Alternatively you can ask at Reception or download a copy from the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days your employer can ask you to provide them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work.  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.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, such as 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 in 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.

To find out more about fitness for work, see the following links:

“What are fit notes?” – NHS Choices
Fitness for work: the Government response to ‘Health at work – an independent review of sickness absence’
“Fit For Work” – ACAS

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Surgery Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 - 18:30
Saturday 8:00 - 11:30 *
Sunday Closed

* Pre-booked appointments only. Please note that there is no facility to book appointments or collect prescriptions in person at the surgery on a Saturday.