Non NHS Services
Non-NHS Services for Our Patients
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS, therefore attract charges. Examples of non NHS work include the following:
- Medical examinations for sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Medical Examinations after Road Traffic Accidents
- Insurance claim forms
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
- Private sick notes
- Vaccination certificates
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception
staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability. See list of charges Insurance Fees May 22.doc
NHS work will always take priority over private work. Therefore there may be times that we do not have capacity to provide non NHS services.
Please allow at least 28 days for any medical report to be completed by a clinician.
All non-NHS forms and requests should be given in writing to our admin team. No GP appointment is necessary. We will contact you if an appointment is needed once the Doctor has reviewed the paperwork.
Frequently Asked Questions
Surely GPs are already being paid so why are fees charged?
In recent years more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a wide range of non-NHS work. This is not funded by the NHS, therefore GPs have to charge a fee to cover their time.
So, do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
With certain limited exceptions, your Doctor does not have to carry out non-NHS work. Our GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms and letters when required.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my letter/form?
Time spent doing this takes GPs away from the medical care for their patients. Our GPs already have a heavy workload. Duties relating to direct patient care will always take priority over private work.
I only need a signature, why is there an issue?
A doctor can only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms the doctor might have to read a patients’ entire medical record.
What will I be charged?
Suggested rates and the cost of each service will generally reflect the amount of work and time involved. Urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly and this may increase the cost.
How long does the surgery need for the completion of reports, forms and letters?
We ask for at least 4 weeks’ notice. Where a patient has an urgent request this should always be explained to the receptionist who will note the urgency. Please be aware this request may not always be possible.
To see our fees please click here.