Coronavirus & Medical Certification
General Guidance Regarding Medical Certification For Covid-19
Requests for medical certification relating for Covid-19 may fall into 5 categories:
Symptomatic and isolating for 7 days
Obtain isolation note from www.111.nhs.uk
Symptomatic and remaining unwell for over 7 days
You do not need to contact a GP for a certificate, you can visit www.111.nhs.uk
Household contact symptoms – isolating for 14 days, as the government advise:
GPs are not the gatekeeper of the statuary sick pay system, and can only provide certificates for the purpose of illness, not in relation to government advise regarding self-isolation. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home / remote working where this is possible. To obtain an isolation form please visit www.111.nhs.uk
At risk and vulnerable groups:
If you become unwell during or after this point, 1 & 2 applies, you do not need to contact the GP. To obtain an information form visit www.111.nhs.uk.
However, your employer may require an authorisation note for social distancing. Please use the following letter to give to your employer, please add your medical condition on the letter where required. Link To Authorisation Note
Those in full-time education who are symptomatic or require self-isolation
There is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and student to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctors note’ you do not need to contact the GP.
The current government guidance for employers and businesses on Covid-19 states:
“By Law medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.
We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a periods of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home even if they are unwell themselves or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advises issued by the government.”