Obtain a Sickness Certificate
The first 7 days off work due to any illness are covered by a self-certificate available from your employer or on-line. You do not need to see a doctor until the eighth day of your illness.
If your employer insists you need a sick note during your first days of sickness instead of a self-certificate there will be a charge for the sick note.
Please visit the Department for Work and Pensions website for more information.