For absence from work through sickness, self-certification is currently valid for the first week. The sick certificate (form SC1) is available from your employer or the Post Office. We do not issue a Doctors Certificate for the first 7 days of sickness. If a private certificate to cover work is required a fee is charged.
After the first week, certificates are obtained as part of a consultation with your doctor. If you are under the care of a Hospital doctor you may ask them to complete a medical certificate for you for the length of your anticipated incapacity. When you have been referred back to your GP future certificates can be obtained from them.