To get a sick note, you will have to book a routine appointment with any doctor to discuss your symptoms. Please note, routine appointments can be up to 28 days in advance when available. You can find out more information regarding our appointments system by clicking here.
Sickness for 7 days or less
If you have been off work with sickness for 7 days or less (including days you do not usually work, such as weekends and bank holidays), your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you’ve been ill. Instead they can ask you to confirm that you’ve been ill. You can do this by completing the SC2 form online (click here).
Sickness for more than 7 days
If you have been off work for more than 7 consecutive days (including days you do not usually work, such as weekends and bank holidays), your employer will likely ask you for a sick note from a healthcare professional as evidence for this.
Sick notes are not just for signing people off work, however can be used to help people return to work with certain considerations, such as:
- A phased return to work.
- Altered hours.
- Amended duties.
- Workplace adaptations.