The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge , but the NHS does not employ GPs, instead it has a contract with them to provide NHS general medical services for their patients.
Some patients may also decide to pay for Private Care. Whilst they are still entitled to free NHS Care this must be seperate from your Private Care and the NHS Care can't subsidise it. You can read more information about this HERE
Sometimes GPs are asked to provide additional services, which fall outside their contract with the NHS, and in these circumstances, they are entitled to make a reasonable charge for providing them. It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge, although the BMA produces lists of suggested fees for the Doctors to use as a guideline. We check our prices against other practices to ensure that we keep them as low as possible.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
If you ask for the doctor to complete a form, a letter or a report, you should expect that there will be a charge.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs will charge their NHS patients are:
- Signing passport application forms
- Certain travel vaccinations
- Private medical insurance reports
- Holiday cancellation claim forms
- Referral for private care forms
- Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient
- Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
- Medical reports for an insurance company
- Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
- Medical report for the DVLA
- Examinations of company employees (work medicals)
What is the process?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, the doctor needs to check the patient’s entire medical record to ensure that they are providing accurate information. If you ask for a private letter or form, we will ask the GP to quickly review it and confirm the fee before they start the work, this is because the fee for letters and forms could vary between £15 - £130 depending on the time taken. You will then be contacted to advise you of the fee and gain your agreement that you would like the work completed.
GPs will aim to complete the private medical work within two weeks but sometimes this can take longer due to clinical work taking priority.
If you have several forms requiring completion, please present them all at once and ask the receptionist if bringing them as a ‘job lot’ can reduce the price.
Our standard fees and charges can be found here
The following policy is followed for any requests by patients for a sick note around the time of a school or university examination:
- If ill <1 week and sit the exam then no note can be issued
- If ill >1 week and sit the exam then a note can be issued if they were seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner in the surgery
- If you miss the exam, you will need to be seen on day of exam, and we will issue a note.
- If you have never seen by us, then no note can be issued.
- If you leave partway through an exam, you must come and be seen the same day and then we can do note, otherwise no note can be issued.
The cost of providing the private sick note will be £15