If you are off work for less than a week, you should use a SC2 (Self-Certificate), available from your employer. You do not need any other certification to return to work.
If your employer insists on a sick note for periods of less than a week, a private certificate may be issued at the discretion of the doctor and a charge will be made. If you are off work for more than a week, you will need to see a doctor to obtain a statutory sick note.
Patients being referred to hospital have a right to choose their hospital.
Forms and letters
Private health insurance claim forms, insurance certificates for continued sickness and travel insurance claim forms can be dealt with at the surgery. Please ask for advice from reception if you have a form that you think the doctor needs to fill in. You may be asked to leave it at reception and collect it at a later date.
A charge will be made for forms that are not covered by the NHS (see list of charges at reception). Please do not ask a doctor to fill in a form or write a letter during surgery as this causes delays for other patients.
Letters regarding housing will not be written except at the formal request of the housing department or housing association. The practice does not countersign passport forms.