If you are off work for up to seven calendar days you do not need a sick note from the GP. You can self certify using form SC2 that you should be able to obtain from your employer or from our reception desk. The form can also be downloaded from HM Revenue & Customs website.
If you have been off work for more than seven calendar days you will need a sick note from the GP. There is no charge for such a note. The GP can normally only issue a sick note if he or she has seen you or has received a recent report about your illness from another doctor.
If you have been in hospital overnight or longer and have had time off work as a result, the hospital is responsible for providing you with a sick note prior to discharge.