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Obtain Certificates For Absence From Work

Period off work

Certificate

1-3 days No certificate or a private certificate signed by a doctor; fee payable for latter.
4-7 days (including weekend) SC1 (self certificate) completed by patient, or private cert, signed by a doctor; fee payable for latter.
8 days - 28 weeks Med 3 or Med 5 certifying inability to work signed by a doctor; no fee.
28 weeks or more Med 3 or Med 5 as above until the Benefits Agency asks for Med 4 to be completed by a doctor; no fee.

You do not need an appointment with the doctor for the first two items above unless you require the private certificate. Sometimes it will be possible to obtain a continuation certificate without seeing a doctor. Please telephone the surgery and leave a request with the receptionists. Certificates cannot be issued in advance, but should you be late in applying for one, they can be back-dated. Wherever possible please allow 48 hours for the repeat certificate. This will give the doctor time to complete it should he be away from the surgery or dealing with emergencies.

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