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Can I get a fit note without seeing my GP?

A fit note must be signed by a doctor but you don't always need to see your GP in person to get one.

It depends on:

  • why you're off work sick
  • whether your GP needs to assess you face-to-face
  • if you've been in hospital

"Fit note" is the informal name for the Statement of Fitness for Work. For more information, see When do I need a fit note?

GP appointments and telephone consultations

If you need a fit note, contact your GP practice. They will tell you whether you should make an appointment to see your GP or book a phone consultation.

Your GP can issue the fit note on the day they assess you or at any time after the assessment.

Hospital treatment

If you have been in hospital, a hospital doctor can issue 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:

  • nurse
  • physiotherapist
  • occupational therapist

In this case, your GP 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 GP at the same practice

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