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Obtain A Fit Note

What is a Fit Note?

A 'fit note' is the informal name for the Statement of Fitness for Work. Other names used include medical statement or doctor's note.

The fit note allows your doctor to give you more information on how your condition affects your ability to work. This will help your employer to understand how they might help you return to work sooner or stay in work.

Do I need a Fit Note?

If you are off sick for seven days or less, you may 'self-certify' using a form provided by your employer.

If you are off sick for more than seven days, you will need a Fitness for Work or 'fit note' and will need to see your doctor.

Who can issue a fit note?

If you are under the care of a hospital (eg you have been admitted to a ward), the hospital doctor can issue a fit note. Otherwise your GP can issue you a fit note. Please make an appointment to see your GP for this.

May be fit for work

In some circumstances, you may be able to work with some adjustments, reduced hours, amended duties or gradual return to work.

For more information, please visit Gov UK

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