Self-Certification Advice 


If you have had to self-isolate or have been ill due to coronavirus then please see the following advice for further information:



Proof of sickness

  • If you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can get an ‘isolation note’ by visiting NHS 111 online, rather than visiting a doctor.
  • PLEASE DO NOT request a fit-note from the GP surgery. 
  • For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a ‘fit note’ (sometimes called a ‘sick note’) after 14 days of sickness absence.
  • Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of your inability to attend.


General Guidance

  • If you're off work sick for fourteen days or less, your employer shouldn't 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. This is called self-certification.
  • If you're off work sick for more than fourteen days your employer will normally ask for a fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from the GP or hospital doctor. Fit notes are sometimes referred to as Med3's or sick notes.
  • If you need a fit-note, then please phone first and speak with the care navigator. 
  • DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY to either request (please phone first) or collect a fit-note. 
  • ALL fit-notes will be emailed out to you. 
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