Fit Notes

Fit note for less than seven days

If you have been ill for seven days or less you don’t need to see a doctor.

You can complete a self-certification form yourself. However, some employers insist on a doctor’s note regardless. A doctors note under these circumstances involves a charge of £10.

Employers should have their own self-certification forms. Please print it, fill it in, and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a doctor.


less than 7 days

Fit note for more than seven days

If you have been ill for more than seven days you will need a doctor’s certificate. These certificates are called ‘Fitness to Work’ Certificates.

The doctor may call you or arrange for an appointment.

If you have already been seen by your doctor about this illness your certificate will be sent to you within a week.


more than 7 days

Requesting an additional fit note

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

Contact the practice for more information. 

You can also now request fit notes using the accrux online service: