Medical Certificates and exam season

As we approach exam season we get a number of requests from parents wanting GPs to certify their child’s illness if they have been unable to revise or attend an exam due to illness.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has advised that provision of medical certificates for school children is not part of a GP’s responsibility or contractual obligations. This is in accord with current aims to reduce paperwork and preserve valuable GP time for clinical care.

In addition the BMA has written to Ofqual and they have confirmed that exam awarding organisations make no requirement for pupils to obtain a medical certificate in support of an application for special consideration and that medical proof is not required.


NHS England has confirmed that despite the Government announcement (27 January) relating to face coverings no longer being mandatory in public places, the UK Health Security Agency’s Infection Prevention Control guidance remains in place in GP Surgeries.

This means that we will still require patients to wear face coverings (facemasks or face shields), to maintain social distance and use hand sanitiser to enter the practice building. As we are a higher risk environment, continuing these measures will help to ensure that we keep all our patients and staff safe. Please help us by wearing a mask or face covering when you visit our practice.

Thank you for your support.