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The Practice is closed on 30/03/2018 Friday and we re-open on Tuesday the 03/04/2018. When we are closed please call our usual number on 0207 935 6328 and your call will be diverted to our answering service where a call handler will triage your call. You can also call 111. Calls to this number are free.

Sickness Certificates

Sickness Certificates

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).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.The Doctors can only provide a statement , stating you are unfit for work if they were aware of the illness on the day you became unwell and they feel a certificate required. 

If you are in Hospital or your certificate is for a period of Hospital stay , you must request your certificate from the Hospital Ward. 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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