Sick/Fit notes & Self-Certification

A fit note is a written statement from your doctor that states whether you are fit to work or not. It's also sometimes called a 'sick note'.

If you're off for seven days or less, you usually do not need a fit note. It should be enough to give proof yourself when you return to work. This is called 'self-certification'.

Self-certification forms

When you go back to work you may need to fill in a self-certification form. This includes things like:

  •  Details about your sickness or illness
  •  The date your sickness started
  •  The date your sickness ended

These dates may include days you do not usually work, for example, a weekend or bank holiday.
Some employers have their own self-certification forms. If yours does not, use HMRC: Employees Statement of Sickness on GOV.UK. *link*

Charges when off for seven days or less

You may have to pay if you request a fit note when you're off sick for seven days or less. To learn more, please ask at reception or go to the NHS website guidance on fit notes.

If you're off for more than seven days your employer will usually ask you to get a fit note from your doctor. The note can say that:

  • You are 'not fit for work'
  • You 'may be fit for work'

The seven days include days that you don't usually work.

Charges when off for more than seven days:
If you've been off sick for more than seven days, you do not have to pay for a fit note.

Request a fit note

If you need a fit note, select the link below to use our online contact form. Alternatively, you can email your request to, or speak to reception by telephone or in person. We may ask you to make an appointment in person or on the phone.

If you're getting hospital treatment, ask for one from the doctor at your hospital.