Sickness certificates

From 17 December to 26 January only you can self-certify sickness absence from work for 28 days – read more here. This is for new sickline requests only.


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.

Statement of Fitness for Work

If you’re unwell for more than 7 days you’ll need to call us to arrange an appointment with a GP, who can assess if you need to stay off work. They can give you a ‘sicknote’ or ‘sickline’ in person, if you have a face-to-face appointment at the surgery. If you have a phone appointment, your sickline will be left at Reception for you to collect. All sicklines are hard copy: please collect Mon-Fri 11-11.30am or 5-5.30pm if possible.

If you have an assessment with one of our triage nurse practitioners, they can also request sicklines from the doctor on your behalf.

If you have an ongoing problem and you need your sickline renewing, you don’t always need to see the GP. This is also the case if you have surgery booked in, for example. Please speak to one of our Reception team or email us, and we’ll be able to advise you on the next steps.

Sickline requests which are emailed in are currently taking up to 10 working days to process: this is because we want to maximise the amount of time our GPs have available to offer appointments. If there’s a gap between the end of your self-certification period and your sickline then we can backdate the sickline for your employer, if you let us know the date to backdate it to.

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.