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How to obtain letters, sick notes & medical reports

In 2002 it was estimated that 2.4 million GP appointments were wasted on the issue of unnecessary sick notes. The University Health Service will not therefore issue sick notes unless specific criteria are met.

If you are absent for five days or less, you must use the university's self-certification form. You can obtain this from your department office or download a copy below.

University sickness policy does not require a sick note if your illness lasts fewer than six days even if an exam or assessment was affected by the illness. We will decline to give you a sick note in those circumstances and refer you back to your department.

1. Prospective sick notes
If you see a doctor or nurse and we judge that you will be absent for six days or more, then we will issue you with a sick note at the time.

2. Retrospective medical report
If you are applying for special considerations or wish us to write to the university with medical evidence to tell them about a condition which has lasted some time but has not required your absence, you need to complete a report request form and deliver it to reception with the fee for the report. We must have your signed consent before we are able to release any information. This form can be downloaded below. You DO NOT need to see a doctor to discuss the form.

If the Enabling Service has told you to obtain a report (in order that they may apply for Disabled Students Allowance from Student Finance England on your behalf), please visit the DSA page using the link below.

If you wish us to write to anyone else, please use the general consent form below to request a report. Please deliver this to reception with the private services fee.

If you wish to receive a letter confirming you have or had an appointment, please pay for this non-NHS service at reception.