Getting Help With: Fit Notes

You will need to give your employer proof of illness if you have been ill for more than 7 days. This includes non-working days such as weekends and bank holidays.

Please note that you can self-certify for the first seven days of illness-related absence. To obtain a statement of sickness, ask your employer for the necessary form, or visit for more information. 

If you think you need a note after 7 days of absence or self-certification, please call the practice or request this through Anima. We will take some details from you including a contact number as the GP may need to call you back. Whilst notes cannot be future-dated, they can be backdated.

If you have been receiving notes for an ongoing complaint or if you have just been discharged from the hospital and have a hospital letter the doctor may be able to give you a note without being seen. Please discuss this with our navigation team. You can find out more here:

Northumbria Primary Care