Medical Sickness Certificates ("Lines")

You are responsible for self-certification for the first SEVEN DAYS of any illness (including weekends and public holidays).

If you have been ill for 7 days or less, the GP will be unable to issue you a sick line.

You can complete a Self-Certification (SC2) please see link below.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms.

If your employer doesn’t have its own form, you can download a Self-Certification Form (PDF) via the link below. Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer.

Click on links below to find out more:

Employee’s statement of sickness self certification form (SC2)

More information about Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Emergency or urgent appointments are not be used to request Sick / Fit notes.

Please note a Sick or Fit Note can be backdated; please discuss this when you speak to the practice.


1. You only require a 'Fit Note' after 7 days self-certification

2. You only require a 'Fit Note' after 7 days and only if you are in employment

3. It is important that the GP is told 'from when and until when' you are requiring a 'Fit Note'

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