For periods of sickness leading to absence from work of less than 7 days, a Self-Certificate (SC2) is required (from your employer or download here).
If your employer asks for a medical certificate, tell them it is not a statutory requirement and your Doctor will not provide one. If they insist further ask them if they will pay the cost of a Private Certificate which we can provide.
For absences of 7 days or more you will need a Medical Certificate ("fitness certificate") from your Doctor. We need to see you for this as we are making a medical judgment that you are incapable of work or can return subject to certain conditions. We cannot provide it retrospectively if there is no medical evidence. Similarly if you need further certificates we will usually need to see you again.
If you have been in hospital you should expect a Medical Certificate on discharge to cover your admission and a reasonable recovery period. If you are continuing to be treated as an outpatient, your Hospital Doctor can provide a certificate whilst you are under their care but usually it is the GP.
It is not a requirement to provide certificates for absence from school or college or any other place and we can only issue Private Certificates for which we make a charge.
These qualify you for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) from your employer or the state Maternity Allowance and are obtained from your Doctor or Midwife any time from the 20th week of your pregnancy.
Please ask when you attend an antenatal appointment or fill in a request form at reception.