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Fit note

Guidance for GPs, employers, hospital doctors and occupational health practitioners on using fit notes (statements of fitness for work).

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work.

If you’re a patient or employee, read www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave

If an employee has been unfit for work for 4 weeks or more (or is likely to be), their GP or employer can refer them to Fit for Work – a new government occupational health service.

More guidance about health and work issues is available for: