It depends why you're off work sick and whether your GP wants to see you in person before they issue a fit note.
A fit note must be signed by a doctor but you don't always need to see your GP in person to get one.
It depends on:
- why you're off work sick
- whether your GP needs to assess you face-to-face
- if you've been in hospital
"Fit note" is the informal name for the Statement of Fitness for Work. For more information, see When do I need a fit note?
GP appointments and telephone consultations
If you need a fit note, contact your GP practice. They will tell you whether you should make an appointment to see your GP or book a phone consultation.
Your GP can issue the fit note on the day they assess you or at any time after the assessment.
If you have been in hospital, a hospital doctor can issue a fit note, as well as a certificate to confirm that you have been an inpatient.
What if I've already seen another healthcare professional?
You may already have seen another registered healthcare professional, such as a:
- occupational therapist
In this case, your GP can base your fit note on a report written by that registered healthcare professional. For example:
- a hospital discharge summary or hospital letter
- notes from a previous consultation with another GP at the same practice