Can I get a fit note without seeing a GP?
A fit note must be signed by a doctor, but you do not always need to see a Doctor in person to get one.
It depends on:
- why you're off work sick
- whether a Doctor needs to assess you face to face
- if you have been in hospital
"Fit note" is the informal name for a Statement of Fitness for Work. Find out more about when you need a fit note.
Doctor appointments and telephone consultations
If you need a fit note, contact your Hospital. They will tell you whether you should make an appointment to see a Doctor or book a phone consultation.
A Doctor can give you a fit note on the day they assess you or at any time after the assessment.
If you have been in hospital, a hospital doctor can give you a fit note, as well as a certificate to confirm that you have been an inpatient.
What if I've already seen another healthcare professional?
You may already have seen another registered healthcare professional, such as a:
- occupational therapist
In this case, a Doctor can base your fit note on a report written by that registered healthcare professional. For example:
- a hospital discharge summary or hospital letter
- notes from a previous consultation with another Doctor at the same practice