It is not always necessary to see a doctor when requesting a sick note. The information below should indicate whether we can sort the note out via a telephone message or whether you would need to make an appointment to see a doctor.
We would advise requests for sick notes should be made after 11am and will be available for collection after 2 working days.
FOR UP TO ONE WEEK
If you have to take time off work for up to one week you do not require a doctor's sick note. You will need to complete a SC2 (self certificate) form from your employer.
If you are employed you will need form SC2.
If you are self-employed or unemployed you will need form SC1.
FOR TIME OFF GREATER THAN ONE WEEK
If you have been off for longer than one week and have not been seen by a doctor for this illness you will need to make an appointment to see a doctor for an assessment. This will ensure that you receive your statutory sick pay (SSP) from the government.
EXTENSION OF CURRENT SICK NOTE
If you are requesting an extension for a current known problem then you will not necessarily need to a see a doctor and you can leave a message for your usual doctor who will either issue the note or request you make a follow-up appointment to discuss further.
TIME OFF FOLLOWING AN OPERATION OR HOSPITAL ADMISSION
If you are requesting a note for time off resulting from an operation or a hospital stay for another reason then, provided we have a hospital letter or your doctor is aware of the problem (e.g. organised your referral or admission), we should be able to sort out a sick note without you needing to make an appointment. A message will be left with the appropriate doctor.