Electronic Fit Notes

The rollout of electronic fit note capability started in July 2012 and is expected to be complete by early 2013. GPs will complete a fit note on their computer, save details to a patient record, print and sign it, and give it to a patient.

An electronic fit note is designed to be used in the same way as the handwritten version, including for both sick pay and benefits. GPs will not be able, or expected, to send a fit note electronically to patients, employers, or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).