For the first 6 days that you are unable to work through sickness you can complete a self-certification form. This form can be obtained from your employer or the surgery.
If you are in hospital, they will provide you with a fit note. They should also include any period necessary after you leave hospital. If necessary, this can be extended by your GP when you return home.
After the first 7 days, you will need a fit note from your GP. If necessary, this can be backdated to ensure continuity of sickness absence so an immediate appointment is not necessary.
A fit note also allows the doctor to recommend you return to work with amended hours or light duties.
If you want to see your doctor solely to extend a fit note, please check with the receptionist whether an appointment is necessary.
Private Sick Notes
If you want a note to confirm sickness within the first 6 days of absence this will require a private note for which a fee is due.