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Sickness Certificate

How to Request a Fit Note (MED3)

If you are off work for 7 days or less, you do not need to give your employer a fit note or other proof of sickness from a medical professional.

Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or you can download it from the HMRC website.

You must give your employer a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (sometimes called a ‘sick note’) if you’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.

Taken sick leave for more than 7 days in a row? Request your sick/fit note below.



Sick for less than 7 days

You do not need a sick note if you are off sick for 7 calendar days or less, because you can self-certify your leave for this time

Guidance on employee's statement for statutory sick pay

Longer term sickness (from day 8)

If you are off sick for more than 8 days, and your health is affecting your fitness to work, please read the following guidance

The fit note: guidance for patients and employees