Non-NHS Services

 

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The NHS does not pay for some of the services we provide. These include private sick notes, insurance forms, holiday cancellation forms, medical reports, fitness to travel certificates, medicals, private prescriptions, and some vaccination services. A list of the prices for these services, which are in line with BMA approved national guidelines, is displayed at reception copies are available.

Occasionally it may be necessary to submit the form for a quote so that the fee can be agreed by the Doctor.

You will need to hand your form or request in at reception, it will then be passed to our admin team who will liaise with the Doctor to get it completed.

As of the 1st October 2018 we have reviewed our price list see new scale of private fees attached. All payments for private work must be made at the time we receive the request. The work will only be completed once payment is made in full. See pricelist of work deemed private at reception or view below.

 

All appointments for medicals such as Taxi/HGV/PSV will require full payment before the appointment is booked.

We can take payments by cash or cheque.

Please be aware that we have to prioritise our NHS work, we do not have the resources to action private requests urgently and these can take up to 20 working days and occasionally longer if the doctor is on leave.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Accident & sickness insurance

Service Fee
Full examination and report £150.00
Full examination and report £60.00
Short certificate £20.00
Private health insurance claim form £60.00
 

Certificates and letters

Service Fee
Private medical certificate         £20.00
 

Driving

Service Fee
HGV, Taxi, racing driver fitness medical £150.00
Bus pass form £20.00
 

Fitness to attend

For sports, school, university, etc.

Service Fee
Full examination and report £150.00
Report extracted from notes £60.00
Private medical short letter £25.00
 

Travel and holidays

Service Fee
Holiday cancellation form £60.00
 

Miscellaneous

Service Fee
General medical examination and report £150.00
Employment report extracted from records (Ofsted, Police etc) £60.00
Private consultation in surgery £30.00 for 10 mins plus £3 per minute extra
Private consultation at home £50.00 for 10 mins plus £5 per minute extra
Private medical certificate £20.00
Private health and other insurance claim forms £60.00
DoLs Confirmation Letter £60.00
 

Access to medical records

Service Fee
Access to computerised records only FREE
Copies of Medical records FREE
Photocopying FREE
 

Why do GPs Sometimes Charge Fees?

Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?

With certain limited exceptions — for example, a GP confirming that one of their patients is not fit for jury service — GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients.

Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms — for example, for insurance purposes — they are not required to do such non-NHS work.

 

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their own NHS patients:

  • Accident or sickness certificates for insurance purposes
  • School fees and holiday insurance certificates
  • Reports for health clubs to certify that patients are fit to exercise
  • To Whom it May Concern Letters (TWIMC) 
 

What can you do to help?

  • Please complete the request form for private work and pay the appropriate fee by cash or cheque.
  • Once payment has been made, please allow up to 20 working days for your GP to process the forms.
 

I Only Need the GP’s Signature — what is the Problem?

When a GP signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simples of forms, therefore, the GP might have to check the patient’s entire medical record.

Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the GP with the General Medical Council (the regulatory body for GPs) or even the Police.

 

Why Does it Sometimes Take my GP a Long Time to Complete my Form?

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients.

Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.

 

Surely the GP is being paid anyway?

The GPs are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs — staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc. — in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs.

 

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

The Government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment.

In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving GPs in a whole range of non-medical work.

Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate.

 

Our Terms and Conditions

  • Payment for the work will be taken in full, up front.
  • The work will not be available for collection until 20 days after submission. 
  • There may be occasions when we are unable to keep to this timeframe, e.g. holiday periods, sickness, etc. If this is the case, we will keep you informed.
  • The GP has the right to refuse any request that they feel unable to do.