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Recent outbreak of Coronavirus

We are now recommending that all travellers who develop relevant symptoms, however mild, within 14 days of returning from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111. We are already recommending that travellers from Wuhan and Hubei province should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, due to the increased risk from that area.

Self Certification

You only require a sick note if you have been off for more than 7 days. For the first 7 days of illness, you are required to complete a self certification form. GPs are not allowed to issue medical certificates for the first 7 days of an illness.

If your employer insists on a medical certificate for the first 7 days, a private sick note can be issued by the GP. Please note a charge will be made for this.

If you do not qualify for statutory sick pay or statutory sick pay runs out and you are still unwell, you should ask your employer to complete form SSP1 and send it to the local JobCentre Plus  to claim for Incapacity Benefit.


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