How to get a Medical Certificate or Sick Leave Certificate without going to the Doctor
If you need time off work, either because you’re too ill to attend or you have to care for someone who’s ill, you’ll have to let your employer know. In order to be paid during your absence, you may simply be able to provide a statutory declaration covering the reason for your absence.
You should contact your employer as soon as possible and let them know how long you expect to be off work. In some cases, the employer may require evidence of the reason for your absence. This may be either a:
- carer’s leave certificate if you are taking care of an immediate family member who is unwell and needs attention;
- an absence from work certificate to cover short periods of sick leave, usually for less than one week;
- a medical certificate for longer periods of absence through illness.
Each medical certificate will show:
- your name,
- the name, qualification and provider number of your doctor,
- the date of consultation and issue of the certificate,
- the date/s the doctor expects you to take time off work.
For reasons of confidentiality, the certificate does not have to specify the type of illness. However, in some cases, it may be useful to detail what you are suffering from.
Even if you’ve been ill for some time, you would need to obtain the appropriate documentation stating the full period of the illness. Doctors do not back-date Medical Certificates, however they do state the date from which they believe you were unable to work as well as the expected future extent of incapacity.
Obtaining a Medical Certificate
Although pharmacists can issue medical certificates, they can only do so for ailments that fall within their assessment capability and some choose not to do so. It’s better to obtain your certificate from a doctor since there is greater certainty and a more comprehensive service.
Visiting a doctor can be a problem, especially if you live in a remote area or are short of time. At Instant Consult, we can provide certificates online without complications or delays. Simply access our website and give us details of your illness, including its severity and relevant dates.
We will do all we can to provide a certificate to ensure you are paid for sick leave. However, since the staff who assess your case are registered doctors, we have an obligation to only:
- provide medical certificates for cases of genuine illness that require absence from work;
- issue a medical certificate if we’re confident you have been ill for the period stated.
As medical professionals, we have a duty to provide certificates that are accurate and describe the extent of the illness honestly. We are reliant on you providing the full facts although we will also base our assessment on observations of you and your capacity to work.
Despite the restrictions placed on us, we will always work in your best interests and endeavour to provide an accurate medical certificate as quickly as possible.
You can talk to a doctor via video consult with Instant Consult.
by Instant Consult