The doctors are happy to carry out medicals, e.g. insurance and driving licence, by appointment. Please telephone the surgery for an appointment.
There is a charge for these services.
Why GP's charge fees
Q: Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
A:It is important to understand that many GPs are not employed by the NHS. They are self-employed and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting, printing 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.
Q: What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
A: 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 doctors 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.
Q: Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
A: 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
Q: Who sets the fees for non-NHS work?
A: The BMA suggest fees that GPs may charge their patients for non-NHS work (ie work not covered under their contract with the NHS) in order to help GPs set their own professional fees.
Q: Can a fee be charged by a GP for the completion of cremation forms?
A: It is important to differentiate between death certificates (which must be completed free of charge) and cremation forms. Cremation forms, unlike death certificates, require doctors to make certain investigations which do not form part of their NHS duties. A deceased person cannot be cremated until the cause of death is definitely known and properly recorded. Before cremation can take place two certificates need to be signed, one by the GP and one by another doctor. Cremation form 4 must be, as stated, completed by the registered medical practitioner who attended the deceased during their last illness. Form 5 must be completed by a registered medical practitioner who is neither a partner nor a relative of the doctor who completed form. A fee can be charged for the completion of both forms 4 and 5 as this does not form part of a doctor's NHS duties. Doctors normally charge these fees to the funeral director, who, generally passes on the cost to the family. Doctors are also entitled to charge a mileage allowance, where appropriate.
Q: Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
A: 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, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.
Q: I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?
A: When a doctor 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 simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council (the doctors' regulatory body) or even the Police.
Fees for Non NHS Services from 01 June 2022
Forms take an average of four weeks to complete. Payment is required in full prior to the forms being completed due to high rate of uncollected forms. These charges apply to all patients to ensure fairness.
Please Note: we do not provide firearms applications or power of attorney forms
|Simple / Private Certificate||
One page needing GP signature
One page dictation
Tick box or written summary
|£40.00 per page|
Without examination, written confirmation of medical record
|£40.00 per page or maximum of £200|
|£100.00 per 30 minutes (+£60 for bloods)|
|Duplicate copy of medical record||First copy is free but if lost or needing a second this will be chargeable||£50.00|
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