Sick Notes

All employees should be able to "self-certify" themselves as too sick to  work for the first seven days of illness.  Forms for self-certification can be obtained from your employer or downloaded from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)  website (http://dwp.gov.uk)

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Following this period a doctor's note is required.  Such requests for sick notes should preferably be made during morning surgery.  In certain circumstances (eg where a patient has been discharged from hospital after an operation) notes can be issued without the patient being seen by the doctor.