Fit note requests

Fit notes are sometimes referred to as sick notes, medical statements, a Med3 or a doctor’s note.

When do I need a fit note?

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.

These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.

28 or less days off sick

If you’re off work sick for 28 days or less, 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 filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

More than 28 days off sick

If you’re off work sick for more than 28 days, your employer will usually ask for a fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from a GP.

How to request fit note

If the doctor is already aware of your condition then the easiest way to request a fit note is to complete an eConsult.

If this is your first fit note and you have not had a clinical assessment, then we may need some additional information before the doctor can issue a fit note for you. Please select your condition from this list and then select “I want treatment and advice from my GP”.

We will send your fit note through to you electronically whenever possible.