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FEMALE?  16-65 YEARS OLD?  DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A URINE INFECTION?

YOUR LOCAL PHARMACY CAN ASSESS YOU NOW.  CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

Sickness CertificatesIf you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Please see below for important information regarding repeat statements.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.  The Fit for Work service will issue you with subsequent Fit Notes (medical certificates) so you don't have to see your GP to renew it. 

For free, impartial advice on every aspect of workplace health, visit www.fitforworkscotland.scot or call the Advice Line on 0800 019 2211, Monday to Friday, 9-5.  You can also follow Fit for Work on twitter @fitforworkscot

 

 
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