Fees for Non-NHS Services
There are some services that fall outside the NHS for which we charge a professional fee. We accept cash, cheques (supported by a bank guarantee card) and debit or credit cards.
Our private fees are listed below. If you cannot find the fee you are looking for, please ask at reception.
Why are fees charged?
The government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. However, in recent years more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a wide range of non NHS work. This work is not funded by the government, so GPs have to charge a fee to cover their time and other expenses.
Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
With certain limited exceptions, GPs do not have to carry our non-NHS work. Many GPs however will always attempt to assist their patients and carry out this work.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form/letter?
Time spent completing forms & preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of patients. GPs have an ever increasing workload of forms which must be prioritised against offering appointments and other urgent administration.
I only need the GP's signature - what's the problem?
When a GP signs a certificate, completes a report or writes a letter it is a condition of remaining on the medical register (which allows them to practice as a doctor), that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor may have to check a patient's entire medical record.
Who sets the fees and why do different doctors charge different fees?
The BMA suggest fees that may be charged in certain circumstances however these are intended for guidance only. Doctors are not obliged to charge the rates suggested by the BMA and the fee levels will generally reflect the amount of work and time involved.
LETTERS OR CERTIFICATES WITHOUT EXAMINATION
VAT @ 20%
Simple letter/short form with a medical purpose
Simple letter/short form eg fitness to travel, vaccination certificate, examination exemption school/university sickness
£17.50 + Vat
|Driving Licence Countersignature||£20.00 + Vat|| £24.00|
MORE COMPLEX REPORTS, LETTERS OR CERTIFICATES
Holiday cancellation/private medical insurance claim forms, employment medicals or certificate of incapacity, seafarers
Shotgun certificate, brief written report to certify fitness for health club, particular profession or sporting activity, freedom from infection, childminder/OFSTED Health declaration, exemption from court as witness or jury duty
from £25.00 + Vat
Taxi, HGV, PSV, Racing Driver, fitness to drive
£80.00 + Vat
Boatmen/ML5, Diving, CAA/Pilot Licence
£80.00 + Vat
Power of Attorney
£100.00 + Vat
Adoption (IHA, M/B, C, D, YP, AME)
£80.00 + Vat
OVERSEAS VISITORS/PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS
Private blood test (lab fess extra according to test)
DATA PROTECTION ACT
Supervised access to computerised records (outside the scope of Vat)
Photocopying (maximum charge of £50.00) (outside the scope of Vat if Statutory requirement)
To be dispensed at a chemist elsewhere
Private medications will be priced on request and are subject to a minimum charge