You are responsible for completing a self certificate for the first 7 calendar days of any illness, using form SC2, available from your employer, on-line at www.hmrc.gov.uk/forms/sc2.pdf or from the surgery reception desk.
Your employer is legally bound to accept a self certificate and you do not need to see a doctor for this.
After 7 days of sickness, certificates are available from your doctor and you will need to make an appointment or speak to a GP on the phone.
Please note, first-time sickness certificates can only be dated from the point of making initial contact with the surgery. Sickness certificates cannot be back-dated to a time before a patient has made contact with us.
Thus, we urge you to make contact with us on the day you need the certificate dated from. Such contact may be a simple telephone call and may not require an appointment.
Any other certificate requests will involve a charge e.g. a private sickness certificate covering the first 7 days of an illness.