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Work Sick Leave Certificate

Sick certificate for work, required to confirm sickness or a health condition and its impact on your work, from £37.

✓ No appointment required
✓ Consult online 24/7
✓ Do it without leaving your home
✓ Signed by a fully registered experienced GP
✓ Sent straight to your inbox


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Sick Leave Certification

In instances of absence from work, or health conditions impacting your work performance, your employer may request a medical sickness certificate as proof.

Our medical practitioners can issue a hassle-free sick leave certificate on the same day or overnight, straight to your inbox.

This certificate will confirm the details of your illness, its duration, whether it is ongoing or resolved, and any necessary sick leave.

Skip the hassle of appointments – apply online now.


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How it Works


Complete a short online questionnaire

No appointment required – simply complete a short medical questionnaire and upload a 30 second video of your symptoms and any other medical evidence.


Doctor Reviews Evidence

One of our FCDO and GMC registered GPs will review and validate the submitted medical evidence. They'll start preparing your certificate - or in the rare instance we aren't able to issue one, you'll get a full refund.

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Receive your certificate

Receive your medical certificate or sick note as soon as same day or by 9am next-day, straight to your inbox. You'll receive a PDF of your doctor's note that you can instantly share as needed.


What will you receive?

You will obtain a verifiable digital PDF certificate bearing the signature of a registered medical doctor, sent directly to your mobile device. This document will include the following information:

✓ Your name, date of birth, and address.
✓ Details of your sickness or medical condition, including the onset of symptoms and current status (ongoing or recovered).
✓ Up to 14 days of sick leave at a time.
✓ Signed and authorised by one of our General Medical Council (GMC) registered UK GPs.
✓ Contact information for Medical Cert for verification purposes.




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 ✅ Next day delivery before 9AM.

 ✅ Delivered to your inbox.

 ✅ Signed by a fully registered GP.


Asked Questions

How do I get an urgent medical letter or certificate?

It’s quick and easy! Simply complete the brief online questionnaire and complete the payment. After purchasing your medical letter online, a doctor will review the medical evidence the same day and we will provide you with your unique medical certificate for you to present to your work place or institution. There is no need to have a telemedicine or online consultation to receive a medical letter. Our Doctors may call or email you directly if they have any additional questions.

Can I get a sick note or medical letter without seeing a doctor?

All medical letters including sick notes must be signed and certified by a doctor, but you do not always need to see a GP to get one. Our revolutionary service allows you to be assessed by one of our GPs without needing an appointment, simply by uploading your concerns and evidence through our forms. One of our GPs will then consider your medical history, current symptoms, and any potential risks associated with your condition and work or study environment before issuing your medical certificate. You will then receive the letter directly to your inbox.

What medical evidence will you require?

We will require you to upload:
✓ A photo / copy of your Passport or driver’s licence to confirm your identity
✓ Complete a short medical questionnaire
✓ Upload a short video or photographs via your mobile confirming your symptoms and reason for a medical letter

Do you provide refunds?

We always provide full refunds if we are unable to provide a Medical Letter in your situation, so you can submit your requests with peace of mind. Once a medical certificate or sick note has been issued we are unable to offer refunds.

How soon will I receive my medical letter or certificate?

Our team of GPs will review your medical evidence and questionnaire on the same day and provide you with your Medical Letter or Certificate within 1 working day. We also offer a guaranteed by 9am service for Medical letters for evidence that has been uploaded by 11pm GMT Sunday - Thursday. With our express overnight service you will receive your medical letter or certificate in your inbox overnight by 9am next day. For example, an application submitted at 11pm on a Thursday night will be assessed and delivered by 9am on Friday morning.

Who will sign my Medical Letters and medical certificates?

All of the doctors at Medical Cert are fully licensed GMC-registered GPs, unlike many other services who use very junior non-specialist doctors, which may sometimes cause their letters to be rejected. You can submit any letters you receive from Medical Cert with full confidence, knowing that an experienced GP has signed your document. We are a UK based healthcare service but the certificates can be used internationally. All of our Doctors are registered GPs with the UK General Medical Council.

Can a sick leave letter be backdated?

Yes, we are able to backdate letters provided you are able to submit some evidence to indicate when you became unwell. Our sick notes are valid for up to 14 days at a time, but can be extended if you remain unwell.

Can you complete a specific form required by my institution or workplace?

Yes, in most cases we can help with special forms required by some institutions. Simply upload the required form with your medical evidence.

Can your doctor’s letters be verified by my workplace or institution?

Absolutely. Each letter or certificate issued will have a unique reference number and QR code which can be scanned to verify the certificate. Certificates can also be verified free of charge by emailing us at

Can you issue an NHS “Statement of Fitness for Work” also known as “Fit Notes”?

We facilitate access to private medical letters and do not issue Med3 Fit Notes. Med3 Fit Notes are required for UK government benefit applications and can be obtained through your registered NHS GP. If you require a private medical letter for most other purposes, we are here to assist you in obtaining a doctor’s letter conveniently and quickly.

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Other Medical Letters We Offer


Student sick leave letter

Obtain official confirmation of your mitigating circumstances, supporting your academic needs. Ensure your situation is properly considered by presenting a reliable Student Sick Leave Letter Our Student Sick Leave Letters are widely accepted by UK colleges and universities.

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Sports Medical Certificate

Required by many competitive and non-competitive sporting events across Europe and Internationally. Receive a certificate confirming you are fit to participate in the sports event.

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Visa Medical Certificate

Get a digital signed Visa Medical Certificate of Good Health (IHR 2005), required for many international visa and work-permits.

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Chicken-Pox Recovery Certificate

Medical certificate required by airlines to prove chickenpox is no longer infectious and rash is scabbed-over. This certificate confirms that the Chickenpox is no longer infectious and that you are fit-to-fly.

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Pregnancy Fit-to-Fly Certificate

Expectant mothers can receive a fit-to-fly letter ensuring no unnecessary delays or hiccups on the day of travel. Many airlines may require a Fit for Flight Letter for Expecting Mothers from an eligible healthcare professional. Present your letter confidently, as it is accepted by airlines worldwide.

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Emergency Cancellation Letter for Travel

Obtain your certification quickly and effortlessly with no appointments necessary. Our letters are accepted by airlines, travel insurers, accommodation providers, and holiday companies. Obtain official confirmation of your unforeseen medical circumstances, supporting your need for cancellation.

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Gym & Health Club Cancellation

Medical certificate to suspend or cancel your membership due to a medical or health condition. Required in instances of a health conditions or injuries impacting your ability to exercise.

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Sick Note for Work

Receive a formal confirmation of your sickness, ensuring you obtain sick leave from work.

Letters are easily verified for authenticity by your workplace, providing peace of mind to both you and your employer.

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  • Medical Cert is powered by experienced general practitioners providing quick & hassle-free GP certification services

    All of our doctors are licensed GPs who hold full registration with the UK General Medical Council and have extensive experience in providing high quality clinical care in various NHS and private settings. All of our doctors are registered with the FCDO and authorised to issue visa medicals.

How we're different

Medical Cert takes a modern approach to digital healthcare

Our platform offers quicker access to health certification while alleviating strain on the NHS. Our dedicated team of doctors is ready to assist without the need for appointments, day and night.
Our doctors are all NHS-trained and registered with the General Medical Council as well as the FCDO, and fully authorised to issue medical letters. In the rare event that our doctors cannot provide a certificate or letter for your situation, a full refund is guaranteed.



Online Sick Notes

Still confused about sick notes for work leave? Keep reading to learn who needs a sick note for work, and how to get a sick note from a GP.

Sick Notes For Work Online

Many people find themselves too ill to work and unsure of how to prove it to their employers. Many employers will expect you to produce a sick note to access your sick leave, particularly if you expect to be unwell for 7 days or more. 

This article guides you through the process of obtaining sick notes online, making it easier and more convenient for those in need. Medical Cert has patient convenience at heart, and has made it easier than ever to obtain sick notes for work.

Understanding Sick Leave and Sick Notes

Understanding sick leave and sick notes is crucial for any worker. Sick leave allows employees to take time off work due to illness, while a sick note, provided by a medical professional, confirms the medical need for this absence.

What is sick leave?

Sick leave allows employees to take time off work due to illness without losing their pay. It ensures that workers can recover properly before returning to their duties, promoting a healthier workplace and reducing the spread of illnesses among colleagues.

Employees who find themselves ill for more than 7 days must provide medical proof, like a sick note from a GP, to their employer as evidence of their need for continued absence.

On the other hand, if an employee is unwell for 7 days or less, they do not necessarily need a sick note from a doctor. Instead, they can fill out a self-certification form upon returning to work.

This process simplifies the initial stages of sickness absence and respects the employee’s privacy during short-term illnesses. Employers are encouraged not to request medical evidence for these shorter absences, fostering trust and understanding within the workplace environment.

What is a sick note?

A sick note, also known as a ‘fit note’ or a medical statement of sick leave, is an official document from a healthcare professional. It confirms that an employee is not well enough to work due to illness or injury.

This document plays a crucial role in the workplace, guiding employers on how employees can be supported during their recovery period. The need for such documentation arises when an individual has been ill for more than seven consecutive days.

Sick notes are issued by various healthcare professionals, including GPs, hospital doctors, and others who are qualified to assess one’s health condition. These notes provide evidence of the advice given by the medical professional regarding an employee’s fitness for work.

They can suggest adjustments or changes that could help the employee return to work more smoothly.

Understanding when and how to obtain a sick note ensures employees follow proper procedures during periods of illness. Moving forward, it’s essential to delve into specifics about who exactly has the authority to issue these critical documents.

Are Medical Cert Sick notes Private or NHS?

Patients often wonder whether they can obtain sick notes from private services or if they must come directly from the NHS. Both sources offer valid medical certificates, but different rules may apply for their use and acceptance by employers or benefits agencies.

Charges for sick notes

For absences of 7 days or less, employers should not request medical proof. This means employees can self-certify their absence without needing a sick note from a GP for this period.

However, if an employee’s illness extends beyond 7 days and requires formal documentation, they might need to obtain a sick note, also known as a fit note, from their doctor.

NHS GPs will not charge for a fit note. However there is usually a nominal charge for private medical certificates for illnesses regardless of duration. These charges can vary greatly across private sick note providers, and range from £30 – £200. Medical Cert is proud to offer these services at highly competitive prices to allow more people access to this service.

For longer illnesses where a formal sick note is necessary, patients usually do not incur charges when the note is issued by their registered NHS GP practice.

Can sick notes only be issued by a GP?

GPs are not the only healthcare professionals who can issue sick notes. Other experts, such as hospital doctors and occupational therapists also have this authority. However, at Medical Cert we believe GPs are the most qualified doctors to be issuing sick notes as they are trained in primary care issues and take a holistic view for a patient. Sick notes issued by Medical Cert will always only be signed by a fully registered GP.

This means that if you need a sick note for work or any other reason related to your health and well-being, you can obtain one from a wider range of medical practitioners than just your GP.

For short-term sickness of 7 days or less, you may not necessarily need to pay for a private sick note nor ask your GP practice to issue one. It’s worth noting that getting a self-certified sick note online on the gov website is free.

This accessibility helps streamline the process of obtaining necessary documentation without always needing to visit a healthcare provider in person in the early days of a sickness or for short-term sick leave.

This flexibility ensures that patients receive timely assistance without the need for an appointment with their GP every time they require a sick note.

When is a sick note required?

For short illnesses lasting 7 days or less, employees do not need to present a sick note or other proof of sickness. Beyond this period, employers are within vtheir rights to request a sick note from employees. This rule helps both the employer and employee manage sickness absence effectively. 

Requesting a sick note used to involve contacting your NHS GP for an appointment (which can often be many weeks later) in order to receive a sick note. However, now thanks to services such as Medical Cert you can get an sick note online within hours, without seeing a doctor, and without an appointment. Conveniences like this his have become increasingly possible with advances in telehealth services. Getting a sick note online is now straightforward and easy. Patients no longer need to contact their usual GP and wait for an appointment to become available. 

How to count sick days

Counting sick days starts from the first day an employee is off work due to illness. Include weekends, bank holidays, and any non-working days in the count if they fall within the period of sickness.

This means that if someone falls ill on Friday and returns to work on Monday, they need to count Saturday and Sunday as part of their sick days.

An employee must provide a fit note (sick note) if they’ve been ill for more than seven consecutive days, including non-working days. It’s key for patients to know this rule so they do not miscount the 7-day self certification period, and can request a sick note from their GP or another healthcare professional in time.

Holiday entitlement continues accumulating even when off sick, allowing unused leave to carry over into the next year.

What to Do if You’re Off for More Than 7 Days

If you find yourself off work for more than 7 days due to illness, it’s crucial to inform your employer as soon as possible. You also need to get a sick note, which can now be done online here at Medical Cert. It only takes a few minutes and can be done without booking an appointment with a GP. Simply complete the short form about your sickness or health condition, and upload a short video or photo as evidence.

It’s also essential for workers to know that employers have to make reasonable changes for those returning from sickness, particularly if there will be long term changes. These adjustments could involve altering work hours, modifying tasks, or providing different equipment. Medical Cert also can help provide a medical letter to request these changes with your work place.

Clear communication with an employer about one’s health condition enables these necessary modifications, ensuring a smoother transition back to work.

Requesting a sick note

Employees who find themselves ill for more than seven consecutive days need to secure a ‘fit note’ or sick note from a healthcare professional. This requirement ensures that the employer is formally informed about the employee’s health condition and can make necessary adjustments or provide support as needed.

Sick notes are usually issued by GPs, or can also be issued directly by hospital doctors after surgery or a major admission. At we have put GPs at your fingertips ready to consult with you for a sick note for work. No wait time, no appointments, no delay. Get started here now.

Obtaining a sick note involves providing information about one’s health situation so that a GP can evaluate whether the illness prevents work participation. It is crucial for patients to be honest and thorough during this consultation so that the healthcare professional can make an accurate assessment. Whatever evidence you have to hand is beneficial. This can include photos or videos of your condition, photos of your prescriptions or medication, copies of hospital admission or discharge summaries.

The issued sick note will detail whether an employee is unfit for work, and for what period, or if they can return with adjusted duties based on their health status.

The convenience of this digital service now means patients no longer have to leave their home to get a sick note. You can apply and complete all the information from bed. This flexibility serves patients who are unable to visit their healthcare provider in person due to illness severity, mobility issues, or simple practicalities.

Obtaining a proper medical sick note ensures employees meet their workplace obligations while focusing on recovery.

Can you get a sick note online?

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After understanding the need for requesting a sick note from your healthcare provider, it’s natural to wonder about the convenience of obtaining one digitally. Yes, patients can indeed get a sick note online through several NHS services and also via private healthcare providers such as Medical Cert. Getting a sick note directly through Medical Cert will often be much quicker than through your NHS GP.

This modern online approach ensures that individuals who are unable to visit their doctor in person due to illness or mobility issues can still access the necessary documentation for their employers without delay.

To secure a sick note online, patients will begin by filling out an assessment form on our website and uploading evidence. A Medical Cert GP will then issue a digital sick note after evaluating your condition. This process not only saves time but also streamlines access to essential documents, making it easier for employees to communicate with their employers regarding their absence from work due to health reasons.

Can you get a sick note without an appointment with a doctor?

Absolutely. Patients also often wonder if it’s feasible to secure a sick note without directly meeting with a GP. The answer lies in the advancements within the medical field that accommodate patient needs in today’s digital era. At Medical Cert we have designed a consultation form that patients can fill in at their own leisure, anytime, anywhere. Once complete a GP will then review the submitted case details as soon as possible, and issue a certificate where appropriate.

Thanks to our asynchronous consultation form, patients are able to inform a GP of their symptoms and conditions without requiring a physical visit to the GP Surgery.

Consequently, this approach not only makes it easier for patients to obtain necessary documentation for their employers but also aligns with modern healthcare practices emphasising efficiency and patient convenience.

When to send a sick note

Employees must provide their employer with a sick note if they have been ill for more than 7 days in a row. This rule includes both working days and non-working days, making it crucial to count the total number of consecutive days you’ve been unwell.

Obtaining a sick note on time helps in ensuring that your absence from work is officially recognised and can aid in any sickness benefits you may be entitled to.

To comply with regulations, employees should aim to send the sick note to their employer as soon as possible after the seven-day period has ended. It’s essential to keep open lines of communication with your workplace and inform them promptly about your illness and expected return date.

Quick action ensures that both parties are aware of the situation, reducing misunderstandings regarding absences due to health reasons.

Getting a sick note is now more convenient than ever, with options available for obtaining one online. This method saves time and allows those who are unwell to avoid leaving home, which could worsen their condition or spread illness.

Making use of online services for getting a sick note ensures that employees meet their obligations without delay.

How to get a sick note from Medical Cert

Once the need for a sick note is clear, getting one from Medical Cert offers a swift and straightforward option. Patients simply visit the Medical Cert website, where they can fill out a short form detailing their illness or condition.

This method stands out as it eliminates the usual delays in securing GP appointments, providing an efficient alternative for those needing documentation for work.

The service ensures that patients can receive their sick note within hours after submitting their information online. With a starting cost of £37, this option is not only quick but also accessible to many seeking official documentation to justify their absence from work without having to wait for a face-to-face doctor’s consultation.

This approach by Medical Cert significantly reduces waiting times and helps streamline the often stressful process of obtaining necessary sick notes.

Are private sick notes the same as NHS sick notes?

Private sick notes and NHS sick notes serve the same basic purpose; they both inform an employer that an employee is not fit for work due to health reasons. Issued by healthcare professionals, these documents are recognised as valid evidence of illness or injury.

Employees can secure a sick note from various sources including GPs, hospital doctors, registered nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists.

The main difference lies in how they are obtained and potentially the cost and speed involved. While NHS issued sick notes are commonly provided free of charge during consultations within the National Health Service framework, private sick notes might incur a fee depending on the practitioner or service used.

Regardless of their source, all types of sick notes are treated with equal importance by employers when validating an employee’s need for sickness absence.

Can you extend a sick note?

Extending a sick note is possible if you are not well enough to return to work. Your GP or another healthcare professional can issue a new sick note to cover the additional time needed for recovery. At Medical Cert, if you feel you have no sufficiently recovered in the time allotted in your first sick note, you can submit a second consult for a further sick note.

This process ensures that your employer understands your need for more time off due to health reasons.

Requesting an extension via your usual NHS GP requires contacting your doctor before your current note expires. They may request a follow-up appointment or phone consultation to assess your condition and decide on the length of the extension. Requesting an extension via Medical Cert only takes 5 minutes and involves you completing our health consultation form and submitting this to our doctors for review. Thanks to our quick turnaround time, you can submit a request on the last day of your current sick note and have a new one by next morning.

It’s important to act promptly and provide any necessary medical information during this process, ensuring continuous support from your workplace during illness recovery.

How long are sick notes from Medical Cert valid for?

Fit notes provided by Medical Cert have a maximum validity of 14 days. The precise length of time issued will be the discretion of the issuing doctor. You are welcome to request specific days, and our doctors will do our best to take your needs into consideration while issuing a certificate for a medically appropriate length of time. 

Depending on the patient’s health condition, doctors may advise a shorter period for the sick note if they believe recovery could occur sooner. This ensures that patients have ample time to recover from their illness without the immediate need to seek a new sick note.

Doctors at Medical Cert assess each case individually when deciding on the duration of a sick note. They consider various factors including the nature and severity of the illness, expected recovery time, and any specific recommendations that might support faster recuperation.

This personalised approach helps ensure that patients receive appropriate medical advice for their situation, promoting an optimal healing process while aligning with legal requirements for workplace absence documentation.

How to Obtain a Sick Note for the first 7 days

For the first seven days off work due to illness, employees can use self-certification to cover their absence. This process allows patients to confirm their own sickness without needing a doctor’s note.

When off for 7 days or less

Employees have the right to self-certify their absence due to illness if they are off work for 7 days or less. This means they can inform their employer about their sickness without needing a sick note from a GP or any medical professional.

It simplifies the process for both employees and employers by avoiding unnecessary visits to a doctor for minor illnesses that only last a few days.

During this period, individuals can still receive Statutory Sick Pay if they meet eligibility criteria, which integrates seamlessly with their holiday pay if they decide to change holiday plans due to sickness.

Self-certification forms are often provided by employers or can be downloaded online, allowing employees to officially document their absence in a straightforward manner.

It is crucial for workers to communicate promptly with their employer about the need for sick leave, ensuring transparency and adherence to company policies regarding short-term absences.

This approach helps maintain trust between employees and management while ensuring that staff health is given priority without compromising on procedural protocols.


For absences of 7 days or less due to sickness, employees can use self-certification to inform their employers. This means they do not need a fit note from a doctor. Instead, upon returning to work, they fill out a form themselves stating the reason for their absence.

This process simplifies the procedure for both the employee and employer, ensuring that short-term sick leave is handled efficiently without unnecessary documentation.

The policy aims to reduce pressure on healthcare professionals by removing the need for medical evidence for short absences. Employees find it easier as they can certify their own sickness without having to visit a GP or obtain an online sick note.

Employers accept these forms as valid proof of illness for sick periods of up to one week.

Next, we explore where you can find more information about self-certification in the UK.

Where to find more information about self-certification in the UK

Employees seeking guidance on how to manage sick leave and the process of obtaining a fit note can visit the GOV.UK website. This platform offers detailed instructions about self-certification in the UK, making it simpler for employees to understand their responsibilities when they are unwell and unable to work.

It serves as a reliable source for individuals needing clarification on sick note requirements and procedures.

The GOV.UK site also provides resources that help workers navigate through their entitlements and obligations during periods of sickness absence. Thanks to this information, employees can accurately self-certify their condition for short-term illnesses without needing immediate documentation from healthcare providers.

Offering accessible content, GOV.UK ensures that workers receive essential support throughout their time off due to illness.

Other ways to apply

For those needing a sick note but unable to visit their GP, applying online presents a viable alternative. Individuals can access NHS or private healthcare websites offering this service.

They simply need to fill out an application form and provide details about their illness or condition. This digital method ensures patients receive the necessary documentation without delay, making it easier for them to inform their employers of their situation promptly.

Moreover, some services offer telehealth consultations as part of the sick note process. Patients arrange a video call with a healthcare professional who assesses their condition remotely.

After the consultation, if deemed appropriate by the medical practitioner, a sick note is issued electronically. This approach not only saves time but also reduces the stress on individuals who may be too unwell to leave home.

The next section explores what an NHS Med3 note is and its importance in certifying sickness absence from work.

What is an NHS Med3 note?

An NHS Med3 note, often called a ‘fit note’, is a certificate doctors issue to confirm if someone can work or needs time off due to illness. GPs or hospital doctors provide these notes when an individual’s health condition affects their ability to perform their job.

Who can issue a Med3

GPs, hospital doctors, registered nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists all have the authority to issue a Med3. This means that patients have several options for obtaining this document, which is essential for communicating their health status to employers or when claiming benefits.

The variety of professionals capable of providing a sick note ensures that individuals can access one from their usual care providers or specialists involved in their treatment.

Fit notes issued by these healthcare practitioners are recognised both by employers and government agencies in the UK. This broad eligibility aims to simplify the process for patients requiring documentation during periods of illness or injury.

Whether someone needs confirmation of their health condition from a GP surgery or specialist hospital unit, they can receive a valid Med3 form to support their absence from work due to medical reasons.

Are med3 notes and private sick notes the same?

Med3 notes, commonly issued by NHS doctors, outline if an employee is fit to work or needs time off due to illness. These notes are recognised by employers across the UK and play a crucial role in the sick leave process.

Private sick notes, on the other hand, come from healthcare providers outside the NHS system. Both types of notes serve a similar purpose: they confirm an individual’s health status and suggest whether they should take a break from work.

The key difference lies in who issues these documents. An NHS doctor provides med3 notes after assessing a patient’s condition either in person or online. Private healthcare professionals can also issue sick notes following an assessment.

Despite their origins, both forms stipulate recommendations for taking time off due to health reasons. Employers generally accept them as valid proof of a medical condition that affects work capability.

Acquiring either type involves consulting with a healthcare professional who evaluates your health situation before issuing a note. This ensures that your employer understands why you need time away from work for recovery without diving into personal medical details unnecessarily.

What can you use a med3 note for?

Employees need a med3 note if they are ill for more than 7 days and cannot work. This document acts as proof of their illness, showing that a healthcare professional has assessed them.

Med3 Fit notes are also generally accepted for universal credit applications, while private fit notes are not.

The med3 note informs employers about the employee’s inability to perform work duties due to health reasons. It is essential for employees seeking sick leave for an extended period.

Healthcare professionals like GPs, hospital doctors, and nurses can issue med3 notes. These notes play a crucial role in the communication between employees and employers regarding health-related absences from work.

They ensure that employees receive the necessary support and time off to recover fully before returning to work obligations.

In conclusion: Understanding Medical Certificates

Medical certificates serve as official documents that confirm someone’s health condition or illness. They often play a crucial role in granting sick leave from work or school.

Definition and purpose

A medical certificate, often referred to as a sick note in the UK, serves as official proof that an individual is unable to work due to illness or injury. Doctors or other healthcare professionals issue these documents after assessing the patient.

The primary purpose of a sick note is to inform employers about an employee’s health condition and whether they are fit for work. It plays a crucial role in ensuring employees can take necessary time off without fear of losing their job while recovering.

The process starts when someone falls ill and cannot perform their duties at work. If this period extends beyond seven days, UK law requires the provision of a ‘fit note’ from a certified healthcare provider to validate the absence for medical reasons.

These documents help employers make informed decisions regarding their staff’s capabilities and any adjustments needed upon return, particularly in cases involving disabilities.

Understanding how sick notes function paves the way towards grasping more intricate details about types available such as NHS Med3 notes and private sick certificates, leading into further discussion on different kinds of medical documentation used within occupational health contexts.

Common uses

Medical certificates, often called sick notes, serve as official documents that prove an employee is unable to work due to illness. Employees use these notes to notify their employers about their health condition and justify their absence from work.

Specifically, if someone has been ill for more than seven days in a row, they are required to provide such a note from a GP or another healthcare professional. This requirement ensures both parties have formal documentation of the illness and its impact on the employee’s ability to perform job duties.

Additionally, sick notes play a crucial role when it comes to statutory benefits and entitlements related to sickness. They help employees claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and ensure they continue accruing holiday entitlement while off sick.

In cases where adjustments need to be made for an employee’s return to work, especially after long-term sickness, these documents can also support discussions between employers and employees about reasonable workplace adjustments or phased return plans.

Furthermore, should there be any disputes regarding dismissal due to long-term illness, a well-documented history of medical certificates could be vital evidence. These documents then not only facilitate clear communication between employees and employers during periods of ill health but also safeguard both parties’ rights within employment law parameters.


Obtaining sick notes for work online has become a streamlined process. Patients now have the flexibility to request these critical documents without the need to visit a doctor in person.

This development ensures timely support for employees while maintaining a professional standard of care. With options such as Medical Cert, getting a sick note is quicker and more convenient than ever before, making it easier for workers to fulfill their employment obligations even when they are unwell.

The digital age has certainly made managing health-related absences from work more efficient