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
- Passport signing
- Private sick notes
- Vaccination certificates
- Letters to employers/ schools/ fit for travel
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 MUST I PAY?
The NHS will provide most health care to most people free of charge; however there are a few exceptions.
Charges are made to cover the costs of the treatment to the patient, or because the service is not covered by the NHS. G.P’s are self employed and as such have to cover the costs of staff, buildings, heat and light etc.
The NHS will cover the costs for NHS work but not the costs for any non-NHS work . Subsequently, any fee charged for non-NHS work will cover the G.P’s costs for providing the service.
When handing in a form or medical to be filled in, please allow at least 2 weeks for it to be completed. As they are not a priority to the Doctors (unlike referrals and seeing patients), they are done when the Doctor has free time. Do not hand in a Document to be completed by the next day as it is not possible. All documents must be addressed to the Secretary.