Castlegate & Derwent Surgery Isel Road, Cockermouth, CA13 9HT Tel: 01900 705750

Obtain a fit note

During the first seven days of your illness you can complete a self certification form (available at reception or click here to download). For information available at website

If you're off work sick for more than seven days your employer will normally ask for a fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) from your GP or hospital doctor.

With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

We regret we are unable to issue a fit note without seeing the patient.

  • Fit notes cannot be forward dated although they can be back dated.
  • If you have recently received hospital treatment and require a sick note you need to contact the hospital department you attended.
  • If the sick note is for an ongoing condition that you have previously discussed with a doctor here then it is appropriate to contact us.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and requests for fit note

Our GP's will NOT be able to issue a medical certificate for patients requiring time off work due to coronavirus. Please follow guidance below:

  • Self Certify- By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. For any period of illness less than 7 days you can self-certify. Click here to download
  • Visit the NHS111 website- Isolation notes will provide employees with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms, and so cannot work. As isolation notes can be obtained without contacting a doctor, this will reduce the pressure on GP surgeries and prevent people needing to leave their homes. Click here to visit the website
  • Request for medical certification from absence from work related to the COVID- 19 pandemic for patients at increased medical risk- In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic it is likely a vast amount of people will be self-isolating in accordance with advice provided by the Government and Public Health.we are unable to issue a medical certificate you can download the attached standard letter. Click here to download      




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