Sick certificates

If you are absent from work less than 7 days, including weekends, a Self-Certification Form can be obtained from your employer or by visiting Med 3 certificates are only required for absences of more than 7 days in a row and will not be issued for shorter periods.

Full details regarding this Government directive can be found at

If you require a sick note for a shorter period of time it will be subject to a charge – see non-NHS services.

Date published: 8th October, 2014
Date last updated: 19th March, 2020