Due to unprecedented demand on the service, we are not able to issue sick certificates (eMed3) purely for the purpose of self-isolation if the individual would ordinarily have considered themselves fit for work. Please use the above link to obtain an isolation note via the government website.
If an employer demands certification please download the letter above to forward to them.
GPs are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system and can only provide certificates for the purpose of illness, not in relation to government advice regarding self-isolation. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice.
Requests for certification of absence from the workplace relating to Covid-19 may fall into five categories:
The current Government Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) states;
“By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.
We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advices issued by the government.”