GPs are contracted to provide a service for all people within a National Service Framework. Unfortunately, more and more of the workload consist of reports for solicitors, employers, the DSS, the police, insurance companies etc. Much of this cannot be done in normal working hours, and therefore, GPs are will charge a fee for these duties. Sometimes the patient will be responsible for the fee. Details are available from reception.

Please note that this includes insurance claim forms and “To whom it may concern” letters. We do not countersign passport applications. Charges may also be made for the following:

Access to records Accident and sickness insurance medicals and reports Certificates (e.g. driving fitness) Fitness to attend school examination Sports Medicals etc.

Private Referrals
Many patients have private health insurance. Others do not, but may prefer to see a consultant privately on occasion.

Your doctor will be happy to arrange a referral for you, but it is important that he/she is consulted first. It is hard for us to do an accurate letter when you may not have been seen by the doctor in a long time.

Also, please check with your insurance company whether or not you problem is covered, because it will be very costly to you if your insurers refuse to pay. This can happen if you see a specialist about a recurrent problem.

Your GP may have to fill in a claim form at some stage (for which a fee is payable, as claim forms are not part of our GP’s service requirement and have to be filled in on personal time); the claim form usually asks if the problem has occurred in the past.

Please be aware that the surgery cannot be responsible for any costs incurred during the course of private treatment.

Please try and allow five working days for referrals to be prepared.

Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. 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.

DESCRIPTION OF PRIVATE WORK REQUIRED

FEES

Private Sick note/ Fit to travel

£15

Certificate for Meningitis

£10

Holiday cancellation form

£25

Gun license

£50

Taxi Medical

£125

HGV Medical

£125