Sick (fit) notes

If you’ve been off sick for more than 7 days

For a new sick note request, you will need to speak to a doctor to discuss.

To request a sick note:

If you have already had a sick note for this illness your doctor may not need to see you to issue an additional sick note.

If you’ve been off sick for 7 days or less

If you’re off work sick for 7 days or less, your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you’ve been ill. Instead, they 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. We call this self-certification.

Find out more about sick notes on the NHS website.