Sick notes are now referred to as fit notes. A doctor is only obliged to issue a fit note after the first week of absence if there is a clinical need. Self certification forms are available from your employer, our reception or the Department of Works and Pensions website and this covers you for your first week. Please do not request a fit note for the first seven days.
If a note is required for the first seven days simply as proof of sickness, then this will be charged as a private note. Doctors are only able to back date sick notes in certain circumstances and you should book your follow up appointment in good time. Urgent appointments should not be used for renewal of sick notes. There is no longer a requirement to obtain a “signing off” note before you return to work.
British Medical Association Guidance on Examinations and Sickness Certificates
Please see the extract below from the BMA. The practice will not provide notes for children who have missed exams due to illness.
“It should be noted that GPs are not required to provide sick notes for school children. When children are absent from school owing to illness, schools may request a letter from a parent or guardian, and this is no different during an exam period. However, children who have missed exams due to illness are frequently told by schools that a note from a doctor is require; but there is no requirement for this to be provided by a GP. Aside from the fact that parents/guardians are responsible for excusing their children from school, GPs cannot provide retrospective sickness certification. When a child suffers from a long term condition, any certification will be provided by the responsible specialist.
The GPC has sought and received confirmation from the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator that Awarding Organisations make no requirement for pupils to obtain a medical certificate in support of their application for special consideration. Students are asked for information in support of their application, but this may take the form of a statement by the school. The Joint Council for Qualifications has confirmed that as far as they are concerned, if a student was absent from an examination as a result of illness and has the support of the school or centre to be absent, special consideration will be granted on that basis. Awarding organisations do not insist that medical proof is provided.”