Do you know when you need to submit a doctor’s sick note? If you are off work with illness for seven days or less, you shouldn’t be asked for a note from your doctor and will normally instead need to fill in a return to work form when you return. This process is known as self-certification. If you are away from work for over seven days, your employer will ask for what was previously known as a sick note but is now called a fit note. These notes are sometimes called medical statements and doctor’s notes.
Do you need to submit a doctor’s sick note?
When counting the days you’ve been off work, you will need to include days that you wouldn’t normally work, including weekends, bank holidays and days you weren’t on the rota to work anyway. This means if your first day away from work was on a Monday, you will need a fit note if you are still off the Monday after. You can get a doctor’s sick note or fit note by getting in touch with your GP or their surgery. Should you be still in hospital, you will be able to obtain one from your hospital doctor.
Your doctor will either brand you as “not fit for work” or “may be fit for work taking into account the following advice”. You may need to talk to your employer so you can come to an agreement on whether you are ready for work, need to stay away for longer or if your duties need to be adjusted or lessened. If the changes your doctor has suggested can’t be catered for by your employer your note will be treated in the same way as one that says you’re not fit for work.
Justice and compensation
At Accident Advice Helpline, we are waiting to hear from you if you have had an accident at work that has caused you to be absent and it wasn’t your fault. We have been helping people get justice and compensation for accidents that they didn’t cause but other people did since we were formed in 2000. You do not need to give us any money to launch a claim, and we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Call 0800 689 05000 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if using a mobile.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice