Sick/Fit Note

If you would like a Fit Note, there is now an option to do this via askmyGP.

Ask my GP

Once you have logged into askmyGP, please scroll down and click ‘New Request’.

This takes you to a new screen which gives you the option for ‘Sick Note’. Please click on this and a form will open asking you for the details of your sick note request. This is available 24 hours a day.

Once this is submitted it will be dealt with, normally within 24 hours (except on a Friday afternoon when it will be dealt with on the next working day).

Please note an extension of a Sick/Fit Note cannot be forward dated. You should only request an extension from the date the previous note expires. The doctors complete the fit note requests in addition to their normal daily workload and won’t necessarily be able to call you about the issues at the time when they are completing the Fit Note.  Please put as much information into your request as possible.  

Please note a Sick or Fit Note can be backdated, please submit a request via askmyGP. Emergency or urgent appointments should not be used to request Sick / Fit notes. 

If you feel you need to speak to someone about your problem, please make an appointment for review in the usual manner, by using askmygp or by phoning the practice. Thank you.

Sick notes for hospital stays

If you are off work due to a Hospital admission, a Sick Note should be issued by the Hospital to cover the period of time you were in the Hospital, please ask for this before you are discharged. Future sick notes can be issued by the GP, based on the hospital discharge letter. 


If you have been sick for more than four days in a row, but less than seven, you can self–certify your illness using a SC2 form. You can obtain this form from your employer or the HMRC website. If you are unwell for more than four days you are advised to contact the surgery to assess your fitness to work.

More than seven days off sick

If you’re off work sick for more than seven days your employer will normally ask for a Fit Note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from your GP or Hospital Doctor.

How to count sick days

When you work out the number of days that you’ve been sick, you need to count all the days in a row you’ve been sick, including days you don’t normally work such as weekends and bank holidays.

Statement of Fitness for Work

The Doctor will provide you with a Statement of Fitness for Work (‘Fit Note’) if you are still not well enough to work. Your employer will most likely request this statement as evidence to support payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Further information is available at the Direct.Gov website.

When do I need a Fit Note?

The NHS Information website provides further details about Sick or Fit Notes.

Private Certificates

If you or your employer require further information concerning your period(s) of illness , then your Doctor may require to issue you with a letter. Please note that a charge may apply for this service. Please check with our Reception Desk.