Cheadle Medical Practice

Fit Notes & Sick Certificates

Fit (Sick) Notes

Sick Notes (or ‘Fit Notes’ as they’re officially called) can be requested through our online system. Once you have done this, you will usually be sent a short questionnaire to gather further information.

You should go back to work as soon as you feel able to and with your employer’s agreement – this may be before your fit note runs out. You do not need to go back to your doctor before going back to work. The doctor cannot give you a fit note stating that you are ‘fit for work’.

Collecting Fit Notes

We ask our patients to receive fit notes electronically – these have a QR code which your employer can scan to verify it.

If you require a paper fit note, when you have been notified it is ready, you can collect from the front desk any day after 2pm.


Self Certification

You only need a doctor’s note if you are unable to work and are ill for longer than seven calendar days. Your employer will provide you with an SC2 self-certificate form for shorter periods of illness. Full government information is available at this link.

You can also complete a self certification form online and print it off using this link.

Date published: 8th October, 2014
Date last updated: 28th October, 2023