The NHS provides sickness certification only after seven continuous days of illness. If you need a sick note to cover this period of sickness you should complete a Self Certification (SC2) form which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
Please visit the Direct Gov website for full information about fitness for work following a period of sickness. After this period a NHS certificate may be issued but you will need to contact the surgery as it may be necessary to discuss your request with your GP.
If you do need a sick note after 7 days you need to book an appointment with GP. Alternatively if you have been issued a sick note in the last 6 months by the GP you can use eConsult to issue a further sick note.
Do I need a note saying I’m fit for work?
No. You do not need to see your GP again to be ‘signed back to work’.