Doctors do not have to issue sick notes for the first seven days of sickness. You should obtain a Self-Certificate Form SC2 from your employer.

If you require a certificate for the first seven days from your doctor, please ask, in writing, for a private sick note for which a fee is payable. A receipt will be issued for this. If you are still ill after six days, ask your doctor for a NHS sick note.

Please note that a doctor cannot usually issue a certificate unless they have seen you, or spoken to you about the problem

Further details can be found on the NHS website.

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