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Fit Notes

Employees must give their employer a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (sometimes called a ‘sick note’) if they’ve been ill for more than 7 days in a row and have taken sick leave. This includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays.

For the first 7-days of absence you can self-certify your sickness absence.  We do not provide Fit Notes for the first 7-days.  If your employer is asking for this, you can give them the Employer Letter for Short Term Certificates.

For your first Fit Note you will need to telephone for triage between 08:30-10:00 Monday-Friday. 

For an extension to an existing Fit Note you can telephone at any time of the day to request the extension, and it will usually be prepared, at the latest, the following working day.  Administration staff will obtain the relevant details from you, including a contact telephone number, and pass this onto a clinician.  If the clinician states that they need to see or speak to you regarding the extension we will make contact with you.

If you are receiving treatment in hospital, your doctor at the hospital can provide you with a Fit Note, e.g. following an operation or during an in-patient stay.

Fit Notes can be posted out to a patients home address or collected from reception.

Employer Letter for Short Term Certificates

Letter to give to employers who are requesting Fit Note for first 7 days of absence

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