Sick/Fit Notes

Non-urgent advice: Please note

Sick notes can only be issued when they are due and cannot be future dated.

Non-urgent advice: Please only use this online form to request ongoing/continuation sick/fit notes. 

If you require a new/first sick/fit note, please speak with one of our receptionists to book an appointment with a GP who will discuss your first sick/fit note needs.

Non-urgent advice:

To avoid the need for the doctor to contact you, please clearly specify the date you would like your sick/fit note to start and end. The surgery may call you for more information.

If you are off sick due to a Hospital admission or a procedure, a Fit Note may be issued by the Hospital to cover the period of time you were in Hospital. Once discharged, we can provide a continuation of the Fit note based on the Hospital discharge letter, and what you were told about how long they expected you to be off work. if this is the case, please specify in the submission below.

Sick/Fit Note request form

Please complete this form to tell us about your illness and we will direct you to the most appropriate form or service.

Isolation Notes are available online from NHS 111, if you are self-isolating and need a note for your employer.

Please note a Sick or Fit Note can be backdated; please discuss this when you see your GP. Emergency or urgent appointments should not be used to request Sick / Fit notes.


If you have been sick for more than four days in a row, but less than seven, you can self–certify your illness using a SC2 form. You can obtain this form from your employer or the HMRC website. If you are unwell for more than four days you are advised to contact the medical centre to assess your fitness to work.

More than seven days off sick

If you’re off work sick for more than seven days your employer will normally ask for a Fit Note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from your GP or Hospital Doctor.

How to count sick days

When you work out the number of days that you’ve been sick, you need to count all the days in a row you’ve been sick, including days you don’t normally work such as weekends and bank holidays.

Statement of Fitness for Work

The Doctor will provide you with a Statement of Fitness for Work (‘Fit Note’) if you are still not well enough to work. Your employer will most likely request this statement as evidence to support payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Further information is available at the Direct.Gov website.

When do I need a Fit Note?

The NHS Information website provides further details about Sick or Fit Notes.

Fit Notes – What I need to know

Private Certificates

If you or your employer require further information concerning your period(s) of illness , then your Doctor may require to issue you with a letter. If your employer requires a Fit Note within the 7 days of absence, you will require a Private Fit note. There is a charge for this service. Please check the Private Fees document available in the ‘Common admin queries’ section for the fees applicable.