Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- 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.
Why do GPs charge fees?
The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Completion of a medical report for insurance companies, claim forms and other letters and forms that require the doctor to review your medical records are NOT covered by the NHS. These are an additional service provided by your GP.
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to know that the GPs are not employed by the NHS; they are self-employed and they have to cover their costs (staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc. in the same way any small business). The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs.
I just need a quick signature - why does it take 14 days?
Bear in mind that a doctor will not sign anything without making sure the information they are providing is accurate. This has to be done during specific times allocated for administrative functions. Forms/letters cannot be just slipped in in between consultations. All requests for medical information have to go through an admin process and allocated to a GP. Not all our GPs work every day, hence we ask patients to allow up to 2 weeks to process. There are always exceptions so please ask if you are in desperate need for information to be provided urgently.