Patients with suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19), who self-isolate, can request a confirmation email from NHS 111 via 111.nhs.uk/isolation-note, instead of from their GP. The government have confirmed that those informed to self-isolate by 111 will be considered to be on sick leave. Those who self-isolate qualify immediately for statutory sickness pay. You may self-certify for the first seven days of illness.
After seven days, you may seek an email confirmation of the diagnosis by dialling 111, thereby avoiding an unnecessary and potentially dangerous trip to your GP or hospital.