Chawton House Surgery

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Med3 Fit Notes

The ‘fit note’ was introduced on in April 2010 replacing the doctor’s ‘Sick Note’.  A ‘fit note’ with your employer’s support may help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury. For more information see the Direct Gov website – where this information was sourced.

You do not require a doctor’s ‘fit note’ for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is you can print by clicking here or complete online on the HMRC website . For any illness lasting longer than seven days you will need to see or speak to the doctor for him/her to issue a ‘fit note’ and for any subsequent renewal of the certificate. If your employer insists on a ‘fit note’ for 7 days or less a charge will be levied.

Coronavirus and requests for Doctor’s Notes (Med3/Fit Note)

Requests for certification of absence from the workplace may fall into four categories:
1. Personally affected so isolating for seven days
2. Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days
3. Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
4. At risk group so following government advice

1. Personally affected so isolating for seven days
Patients can and should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if they are unfit to work.
They do not need to contact their GP.
2. Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days
If they remain unwell and unfit to work after seven days the current advice is to visit www.111.nhs.uk where there is an
online self-assessment tool; the patient may be invited to call 111 and given further advice and a MED3 certificate
emailed to them.
They do not need to contact their GP.
3. Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
4. At risk group so following government advice
GPs cannot and are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system. Employers are responsible for putting in
place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify
and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice.
Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies.
They do not need to contact their GP.

OTHER REQUESTS

Get a FIT note if you have sustained a fracture, had an operation or treatment in hospital

If you have been in hospital because you have sustained a fracture, recently had surgery or hospital treatment, it is the hospital’s responsibility to issue you with a “fit certificate”. We are unable to issue certificates in these circumstances.

If you are due to be admitted to hospital for surgery or treatment, we would ask you to think ahead if you will require a “Fit Certificate” for any purpose, and request one at the time of discharge.

Get a Sickness certificate for academic examination purposes

OFQUAL (the agency that controls the examination boards) has confirmed that there is NO requirement for students to obtain a medical certificate in support of an application for special consideration.

Students are asked for information in support of their application, but this may take the form of a statement by the school or centre.

If your school or centre insists on having a medical certificate, please let us know so that we can send them details of the OFQUAL decision.