When do I need a Fit Note? (these are no longer called sick notes)
You can find clear guidance on fit notes here.
If you are off work for less than 8 days, you do NOT need a fit note signed by a GP. Your employer may ask you to confirm you have been ill by completing a self certification (SC2) form which you can find here.
If you are off work for 8 days or more, your employer may ask for a fit note. If you are getting care from the hospital, request the fit note from your hospital doctor. Otherwise, please request the fit note from the GP surgery by completing a fit note request form which our reception team can give you. If the doctor agrees that the fit note is needed, it will be issued within 2 working days of your request.