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
- Letters to employers/ schools
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. GPs 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 GPs 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.
In England, if you require a prescription, you will have to pay a fee unless you are exempt. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
The fees are as follows:
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
You can find up to date fees, including fees for wigs and fabric supports on the GOV Website.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.