If you are off work for more than seven days for an illness that has been treated in hospital, either as an inpatient, an outpatient, or in A+E, then you should obtain a note from the hospital doctor responsible for your care. Some hospital doctors are unaware of this, so we have provided a link here for government advice on this matter.
There is a separate page on our website giving details about Student sickness certification. Here’s the link.
If, having read the above information, you feel you do need a note from the GP regarding your fitness to work, these are called ‘Fit notes’ (formerly Med 3) and you will generally need to make an appointment. Occasionally we can provide a note based on information from a telephone or email consultation.
eConsults are switched off during weekends, but you can still use the service for self help information.