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Eltham Palace Surgery

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Fit Notes (formely called 'sick notes')

 

 

For patients seeking information on doctors fit notes (formely called 'sick notes') please see an excerpt from the Gov website below.

''Employees only need a fit note from a doctor after 7 days off work sick and have the right to use their statutory holiday entitlement during their sickness.

 

Fit notes & Proof of sickness


Employees must give their employer a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (formerly ‘sick note’) if they’re off sick for more than 7 days. Hospital doctors or GPs provide them. They can charge a fee if a fit note is asked for before the 7th day.

 

The fit note will say the employee is either ‘not fit for work’ or ‘may be fit for work’.

 

If it says the employee ‘may be fit for work’, employers should discuss any changes that might help the employee return to work (eg different hours or tasks). The employee must be treated as ‘not fit for work’ if there’s no agreement on these changes.

 

Employers can take a copy of the fit note, the employee should keep the original.

 

Self certification


Employers can also ask employees to fill in a form when they return to work to confirm they’ve been off sick for up to 7 days. This is called ‘self-certification’. Employers usually provide their own version of this form.'' 

Please click here to visit the 'Taking Sick Leave' page at the Gov website and download the 'Employee's Statement of Sickness' (self-certification) form.

 

Getting a Fit Note

 

You must see a doctor (not a nurse) to get a fit note and only after you have self-certified for the first 7 days. If you wish to get a fit note before you have been sick 7 days (please see the guidance above) we will charge you for it.

 

Fit notes are not regarded as urgent and you only be able to book a routine appointment to get one. Therefore we advise that you allow us much time as possible to book and attend this appointment before the date you need the fit note.

 

We can backdate fit notes if necessary.


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