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Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

Sickness CertificatesIf you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work.

A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

 

You can request a medical certificate by the following 2 options:

1) Pick up a form from our reception desk or print one off from the link below and hand into the surgery

2) Download a medical certificate from the link below, fill in electronically then save to your device and email to us at prescriptionbonnyrigg.s77248@lothian.scot.nhs.uk

Please click here << STRATHESK MEDICAL CERTIFICATE >> to download

 

Requests take 48 hours to process and sometimes the doctor will need to see you or speak with you before issuing a certificate. Certificates can be backdated but not forward dated.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

 

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)

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