Medical Certificates & Fit Notes

Medical certificates are legal documents and will be issued only if deemed neccessary by the clinicians.

Please note: The system will not let us backdate medical certificates. The start date has to be the date of issue/assessment.

If you are requesting for a sick note for a hospital stay you need to contact them not the GP surgery.


Less than < Seven days off sick

If you're off of work sick for seven days or less, you can complete a SELF CERTIFICATION FORMĀ  here!

(Your employer has no legal ground to ask for a medical certificate from the GP and should be providing you with this form from HR).

More than > seven days off sick

If you're off work sick for more than seven days your employer may ask for a Medical Certificate from your GP or hopstial doctor. Please ask for a telephone appointment to assess this request. Medical certificates are legal documents and will be issued only if deemed neccessary by the clinicians.


Repeat medical certificates may be requested via email: swlccg.portlandmc@nhs.net or the Live Chat function

This will take a minimum of 48 hours.

If there are any quires our admin team will contact you, please ensure we have your correct contact details.

Anyone can access information on work-related health issues on the Fit for Work website.

You can also chat online to a specialist adviser or call the helpline on 0800 032 6235.


School & University Absences

We are unable to provide schools and universities with sick notes or letters.


For more information about requesting a sick note, please click the button below:

Request a Fitness for Work Form