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Clifton Road Surgery will be closed on Thursday 8th March from 1pm for training.

Text Message Reminder - if we hold your mobile number on our records, we will send you a text reminder with your appointment details. If you wish to check the number held, amend the details or opt out of this service please call 01788 552211

Fit for Work Certificates

If you need a sick note you may not necessarily need to see the doctor. Please inform our receptionist if you require a sick note and a message will be sent to the doctor with your request.

Please be advised that sick notes take two working days .

Please do not ask for this any sooner as refusal often offends.

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer 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 sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)

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