Under current legislation a patient ‘self-certificate’ is used for the first 7 days of an illness. The self-certificate (form SC2) is available from your employer, the Post Office or by visiting the HMRC website. Some employers insist on sickness certificates where the patient has been sick for less than 7 days. As this is not a statutory requirement, a charge may be made for issuing a certificate in these circumstances.
After seven days certificates may be obtained following consultation with a health professional or by telephoning the surgery and speaking to a health navigator.