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The Vale Medical Centre - Telephone: 020 8291 7007

The Vale Medical Centre
195-197 Perry Vale
Forest Hill
London
SE23 2JF
Telephone: 020 8291 7007
Fax: Please Email the Practice


   Sick Notes and Fit Notes

 

Important points:

  • Sick notes are now called Fit notes

  • GP’s are monitored on how they issue Fit notes and need to make sure people are genuinely not able to work

  • Dealing with inappropriate sick note requests takes up a lot of time which would be better used seeing people who are unwell

Fit notes

To see what to do if you feel you need a sick note see the option that applies to you below:

 

Have you been unwell and off work for less than 7 days (including over weekends and Bank Holidays)?

The GP cannot issue you with a Fit note. You need to complete a Self Certification form (called SC2). The easiest way to do this is on-line (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2) or you can print the form off. Your employer may supply them. This is returned to your employer.

There is no need to see a GP

 

Have you been unwell and off work for less than 7 days (including over weekends and Bank Holidays) but your employer demands a certificate?

In some instances we can provide a ‘Private Sick Certificate’. This is not an NHS service and will cost £40. We are not in favour of issuing these and charging you and would encourage you to use the self-certification process above. However, if you still feel you need a private sick certificate then Download the form below (or collect a copy from the entrance lobby) and either email it back to the surgery or drop it off into the red metal post-box in the lobby. The GP will look at the form and either the GP or one of the team may contact you for more information or to make an appointment. If they are able to issue a private sick note they will do and send you a message to collect it from reception. In some instances your request may be declined.

 

Have you been in hospital?

If you have been in hospital, or seen a doctor in a hospital, and have been advised to stay off work, the hospital is responsible for issuing you a sick note for the full period you will have been off work. Contact the hospital ward you were on or the consultant whose care you were under for a sick note. You can call the hospital and ask switchboard to put you through.

 

Been unwell for more than seven days?

Download the form below (or collect a copy from the entrance lobby) and either email it back to the surgery or drop it off into the red metal post-box in the lobby. The GP will look at the form and either the GP or one of the team may contact you for more information or to make an appointment. If they are able to issue a Fit note they will do and send you a message to collect it from reception. In some instances your request may be declined. There is no technology to e-mail it to you. Whatever you state on the form will be placed in your medical record in case it is questioned in the future.

 

You need to extend your Fit note?

Download the form below (or collect a copy from the entrance lobby) and either email it back to the surgery or drop it off into the red metal post-box in the lobby. The GP will look at the form and either the GP or one of the team may contact you for more information or to make an appointment. If they are able to issue a Fit note they will do and send you a message to collect it from reception. In some instances your request may be declined. There is no technology to e-mail it to you. Whatever you state on the form will be placed in your medical record in case it is questioned in the future. Fit note extensions will not be provided in GP appointments

 

You feel you may be able to work if adjustments to your work are made

The GP may be able to make recommendations to your employers. These are recommendations; your employer does not have to follow them. Download the form below (or collect a copy from the entrance lobby) and either email it back to the surgery or drop it off into the red metal post-box in the lobby. The GP will look at the form and either the GP or one of the team may contact you for more information or to make an appointment. If they are able to issue a Fit note they will do and send you a message to collect it from reception. In some instances your request may be declined. There is no technology to e-mail it to you. Whatever you state on the form will be placed in your medical record in case it is questioned in the future.

 

I need a certificate to return to work after a period of illness.

These types of certificate (previously called a return to work or fitness to work certificate) no longer exists. It is up to your employer to decide if you are able to return to your work. If the GP wants to see you to check if you are OK to return to work, they will tell you and put it on your Fit Note.

 

I need a sick note certificate for college, university school or nursery, or something to show that I attended the GP.

We do not issue any of these documents. If you have been given a form by one of these institutions to be filled out by a GP, drop it off at reception where you will be advised how long it will take and the fee.

 

Click the image below to download the form.

  To minimise mistakes please complete the form online and then print/email to the surgery.

 
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