Sickness certificates


If you’ve been sick for up to seven days, you can self-certify your illness using an SC2 form. You can get this form from your employer or by visiting the HMRC website. You don’t need anything from the GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work

If you have an ongoing problem and you need your sickline renewing, you don’t always need to see the GP – please speak to one of our Reception team or email us to request a sickline. This is also the case if we’ve been made aware that you have surgery booked in, for example.

If you feel you need to be off work for more than seven days with a new issue, please call us to arrange an appointment with a GP so they can assess you and give you a sickline if appropriate.

Some things to be aware of about sicklines:

  • We can only complete sicklines on the day you need to be off work, onwards. This is in case anything changes with your situation.
  • All sicklines are hard copy.
  • If you have a face-to-face appointment at the surgery, the doctor can give you a sickline while you’re there.
  • If you have a phone appointment, we’ll leave your sickline at Reception for you to collect.
  • If you have an assessment with one of our triage nurse practitioners, they can also request sicklines from the doctor on your behalf.
  • Emailed sickline requests can take up to 10 days to complete. If there’s a gap between the end of your self-certification period and your sickline being available we can backdate the sickline for your employer – please let us know the date to backdate it to. You can’t request a sickline before the day you need it.

You can see more information on the Direct.Gov website.

Private certificates

If you or your employer need more information about your period/s of illness, then a doctor may need to give you a letter. A fee will apply for this service, which can be paid by cash or cheque at Reception. See our paperwork section.