Sick Notes

Self Certification note for sickness less than 7 consecutive days:

If you have been ill for 7 days or less you don’t need to see a Doctor. You can complete a Self Certification form yourself. However some employers insist on a Doctor’s note regardless. A Doctors note under these circumstances may involve a charge.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form your can download this Self Certification Form (PDF). Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor.

Sick Note Request

If you have been ill for more than 7 days you will need a doctor’s certificate. However, to obtain a certificate you will need a consultation with a GP. A written request will not suffice in this case. So you will need to complete an eConsult to request a Tel/Video consultation. Upon consultation, it is up to the GP’s discretion to issue the certificate. The GP will determine a course of treatment and based on that regime, will decide how long sick note will need to be issued for. 

 

Sick Note Extension

If you have already had a Sick Note (Fit Note) for this illness your Doctor may not need to see you to issue an extension to the existing Sick Note. Please complete this form. We will contact you to let you know when you can collect your Sick Note or we may contact you to arrange an appointment should the GP think there is a need for a review

Please note: The GPs cannot forward date a sick note. A sick note extension can only be issued on or after the day the current note expires. The turn around time for a sick note extension is up to 5 working days from the date of request or the date of current note’s expiry (which ever is later). 

Sick/Fit Note Extension Request


FAQs

What is eConsult?
It is an new way to request medical care and fit notes at a time convenient to you. You can complete an eConsult form anytime and there is no need to be waiting on the telephone on hold to arrange an appointment, and the surgery will get back to you within a stated timeframe. It enables you to provide key information about your condition before your appointment which is really helpful to doctors and nurses. Also improves telephone access for vulnerable patients who can’t use online services by decreasing phone call waiting times.
Where can I get help in using eConsult?
The form will provide you with instructions on how to complete it as you fill it in, and you can also watch this tutorial on YouTube for more information – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1-LQI1f0TI
Is it easy to use eConsult?
Yes – it is as straightforward as using online shopping, banking or social media.
Does eConsult mean I won’t see my GP?
If you need to have a GP consultation, you will still have one with your GP (or another clinician at the practice if necessary). All eConsults submitted relating to a health issue will be looked at by a clinician, who will decide next course of action. If you need a consultation with a GP, you’ll have one (it could be in person, over the phone or through a video consultation). Admin requests e.g. fit note requests may be looked at by a member of the admin team, freeing up the doctors’ time.
Do I need an account and password?
No, you just use the eConsult portal on the GP surgery website. New feature includes NHS Login which means that you can use your existing NHS password to submit an eConsult. That helps practices match your online consultation with your previous records. Another way to submit an eConsult is through the NHS App.

How can I use eConsult when I don’t have a computer, tablet or smartphone?
eConsult is only available online, but you can still telephone the GP surgery in the same way you always have. Practice receptionists will talk you through a questionnaire and complete an eConsult on your behalf if you do not have online access.