Get a fit note
You only need a doctor’s note if you are unable to work and are ill for longer than seven calendar days. Your employer will provide you with an SC2 self-certificate form for shorter periods of illness. If you have been absent from work for less than seven days and your employer still insists on a sick note the doctor may issue a private note for which a fee will be charged.
If it is anticipated that you will need to be absent from work for seven or more days, your GP will issue you with a fit note following an appointment and may request a review appointment for some patients. Subsequent notes can be arranged over the telephone – please leave a message for the GP giving the dates which need to be covered and ensure that you allow ample time for him/her to call you to discuss your condition.