Non-NHS Services

Frequently asked Questions:

Not all services performed by our clinicians are covered by the NHS. When patients require non-NHS services, a Private Fee will be charged. In general, fees must be paid in full before any private work is carried out.

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.

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.

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