The Brooke Surgery

20 Market Street, Hyde, SK14 1AT

Telephone: 0161 368 3312

We're open

Med3 Fit Notes: Understanding Medical Evidence for Sick Leave

Fit Notes for Illnesses Up to Seven Days

In cases of illness lasting seven days or less, a doctor’s sickness certificate, commonly known as a Med3 certificate or Med3 note, is not required. Instead, your employer may request you to complete a self-certification form (SC2), which can be obtained from your employer or the HMRC website.


Evidence that you are sick

Should your illness persist beyond seven days, your employer has the right to ask for medical evidence to support the payment of statutory sick pay (SSP).

The determination of your capability to work lies with your employer. A medical certificate, now referred to as a ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ holds significant weight as evidence of your illness and is generally accepted unless contradictory proof is presented.

Alternatively, your employer may consider evidence from non-medical practitioners, such as dentists; however, accepting such evidence is at their discretion. In case of doubts, your employer may still require a medical certificate from your general practitioner (GP).


Statement of Fitness for Work  – The ‘Fit Note’ (Med3 Note)

The ‘fit note’ was introduced on 6 April 2010 and is designed to facilitate your return to work with the support of your employer. This note provides additional information about the impact of your illness or injury, aiming to expedite your recovery and return to the workplace.

For more detailed information, please refer to the DirectGov website, from which this information was sourced.

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Tuesday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Wednesday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Thursday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
    See Staff Training For Closure Dates
  • Friday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
NHS A-Z Conditions
Find Local Services
Live Well