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GP practices being asked for sick notes

 

Our GP practices are receiving an increasing number of requests for fit notes (a statement of fitness for work) from patients needing to self-isolate. Patients do not need a fit note for the first seven days of sickness. People unable to work for more than seven days because either they, or a family member, have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an isolation note through a new online service. The government website states:

The notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user. If they don’t have an email address, they can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to their employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.”

If you are in self isolation as you are in a vulnerable group we are expecting further guidance shortly.

For more information please visit the government’s advice for employees.