Sick notes where you have been ill for less than seven days:
If you have been ill for 7 days or less, you do not need to see a Doctor to issue a sick note: You can complete a Self-Certification form yourself and hand this to your employer upon your return to work. However, some employers insist on a Doctors’ note regardless. Where this is the case, A Doctors note can be issued, but there is a fee for this.
Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have their own form, you can download one from the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2
Sick notes where you have been ill for more than seven days:
If you have been ill for more than 7 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.
Requesting additional sick notes:
If you have already had a Sick Note and are requesting an additional sick note for a continuation of the same illness, your Doctor may not need to see you to issue this.