Sickness certificates

Sick lines are currently taking around 10 working days to process. If you think you might need to be off work for longer than the period covered by your self-certification certificate, please contact us in good time. If there’s a gap in the period between your self-certification form ending and your sick line starting, please make us aware of this so your sick line can be back-dated for your employer.

All sick lines are issued as a hard copy and should now be collected from the surgery Monday-Friday 11 – 11.30am or 5 – 5.30pm.

Please call us at a quieter time (such as the afternoon) 10 working days after you submitted your request, to check it’s been completed before you come to collect it.


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. If you’re unwell for more than 7 days and can’t work, you’ll need to call us to arrange an appointment to see a health professional who can assess your fitness to work.

Statement of Fitness for Work

The Doctor will provide you with a Statement of Fitness for Work (‘Fit Note’ or ‘Sick Line’) if you’re still not well enough to work after your self-certification runs out. Your employer may ask for this statement as evidence to support payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

If you have an ongoing problem that requires a sick line renewal you don’t always need to see the GP, please speak to one of our Reception team or email us, and we’ll be able to advise you on the next steps.

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

Private certificates

If you or your employer require 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.