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Sick notes for self isolation - Coronavirus

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.

For the first seven days off work, employees can self-certify so they don’t need any evidence for their employer. After that, employers may ask for evidence of sickness absence. Where this is related to having symptoms of coronavirus or living with someone who has symptoms, the isolation note can be used to provide evidence of the advice to self-isolate.

The notes can be accessed through the

An unprecedented number of patients will be off work or self isolating due to household contacts. This will lead to issues around sick notes.

If you are personally affected – patients should self certify for the first seven days as normal. If you are unwell for more than seven days then complete the NHS111 online assessment on

If you are self isolating due to household contact – self isolate as per government advice for 14 days. You do not need a sick note from the GP.

In short: there is no need to get in touch with the GP practice with regards to self isolation and NHS 111 should be accessed.

Use this service if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.

If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.

You can also use this service for someone else.

For checking symptoms of coronavirus and current guidance visit NHS 111:

Please help us to help you by avoiding contacting the practice for this purpose.

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