Taking Sick Leave

New Government Legislation for the issue of Fit Notes

The Department of Work and Pensions are making legislative changes meaning that from Friday 17th December 2021 self-certification for sickness will be extended from 7 to 28 days for people accessing Statutory Sick Pay, and there will be no requirement for a fit note to access other benefits.

GPs can no longer provide fit notes if you have been off for less than 28 days since 10th December. If you are off for less than 28 days you can do a self certification for your absence. Please discuss this with your employer. 

Please click here to find out the latest information from GOV.UK on taking sick leave and the issue of Fit Notes.

If you want a fit note before 28 days, please be aware there will be a private sick note fee for this as GPs have been told not to provide them any more. This is regardless of the reason for the absence.

This time-limited change will remain in place until 26th January 2022.

Before attending a face-to-face appointment at The Group Practice, please confirm:

 

 

 

If you cannot confirm any one of the above statements, then please phone reception on 703145 before attending so we can make suitable arrangements for your care.

 

 

WE RECOMMEND YOU DO A LATERAL FLOW TEST PRIOR TO ATTENDING YOUR APPOINTMENT