Fit for Work Certificates
Medical certificates for time off work.
You can self- certify with your employer for the first 7 days of any illness. After this time you will need to speak to a GP to discuss your illness and arrange a medical certificate. You may be able to do this by telephone and not need an appointment for a certificate to be arranged.
If you have been admitted to hospital for an operation or other illness and will need further time off work to recover, the hospital team should issue you with a medical certificate when you are discharged to cover the expected period of time.
Further medical certificates can be requested from the GP surgery and you may be able to arrange this by a telephone consultation. It is the patient’s responsibility to request these at the appropriate time and the certificate will usually be available for collection within 48 hours.
Certificates should not be back dated and so it is the responsibility of patients who are on extended periods off sick to request their next certificate in good time to ensure no break in certification which may cause you difficulties either with your employer or benefits.