In a nutshell, a doctor’s letter is any document written and signed by a licensed medical professional. They are usually given to patients when they fall ill and will usually provide evidence that they are not currently fit to work, travel, etc.
The letter will usually contain information about a patient’s medical history, current health condition and/or treatment plan. A doctor’s letter can be used for a variety of purposes, such as to provide evidence of a medical condition or disability, to support a request for accommodations, or to certify that a patient is fit to travel or participate in certain activities.
A doctor’s letter may include the following details about the patient:
- Contact Details
- Description of the Patient’s Medical Condition
- Relevant Test Results and Imaging Studies
- Summary of Treatment Plan
- Recommendations for Further Evaluation and/or Care
The letter should also include the following information about the Doctor:
- Credentials, including GMC number
A doctor’s letter is considered a confidential medical record and should only be shared with authorised individuals or organisations. In some cases, a doctor’s letter may need to be notarised or certified by a notary public to provide additional verification of its authenticity in a number of situations.