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For the first seven days of illness or inability to work, you should complete a self certification form which is available  from your employer or on the HMRC website.

After this period, a medical certificate will be required from your doctor.

Following a hospital admission the hospital should supply you with a sickness certificate.

For further information see Directgov.

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