The NHS provides most healthcare to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions such as prescription charges. Not all work doctors are asked to do is paid for by the NHS, and the NHS does not employ GPs, it has a contract with them to provide NHS general medical services for their patients. Sometimes, GPs are asked to provide additional services, which fall outside of their contract with the NHS, and in these circumstances, they are entitled to make a reasonable charge for providing them where the fee then covers the GPs costs.
Please note this work is not completed in NHS clinic time and our GPs receive large amounts of requests which all vary in complexity, volume and consistency. We aim to complete non-NHS within 6-8 weeks of the request being made.
Examples of chargeable non-NHS services
· Medical reports
· Insurance reports
· To Whom It May Concern letters
· Driving/HGV/Taxi medicals
· Fostering and Adoption medicals
· Forms which require the doctor to review a patient’s medical records
· Firearms licenses
Fees can be inquired at reception or by telephoning the surgery.
There are some services that our GPs do not provide, for example fit to fly letters/reports and passport signatures. You may then be asked to approach a private provider with some requests.