Services which are outwith the NHS Contract
Most of the services we provide are free under the National Health Service. However a few services are not covered by the NHS and a charge will be made. The following fees will apply from Nov 2022. Below is a list of the common charges associated with Non-NHS work.
|Access to medical records
|Data subject Access request (DSAR)
|Duplicate/ copy of original request
|Up to £50
|Certificate, forms and Reports
|Health Insurance claim forms (Bupa, PP etc.)
|Accident / Sickness forms (inc pension, life insurance, mortgage protection
|Fitness to attend School University/ Sports/ Gym/Slimming club
|Confirmation of medication for school or Airline
|Fitness to fly/ travel
|Firearms certificate/ Completion of Police form
|Holiday Insurance cancellation claim
|Referees report or character reference (employment)
|Reports for lawyers (if no legal aid funding) or occupational health
|£75-150 case by case
|Sundry Letter/ To Whom it may concern (brief)
|Sundry Letter/ To Whom it may concern (full)
|Full medical examination and report ( including drivers or pilots licenses)
|Accident / Sickness forms (inc pension, life insurance, mortgage protection)
|Power of Attorney medical face to face appointment including examination Power of Attorney Certificate/Witnessing
|£89.50 £50.00 case by case
If you do require a clinician to provide any of the above services please let us know as soon as possible. If you have a form to be completed please hand this into reception. Once a clinician has reviewed the paperwork a member of the team will contact you to let you know exact cost and timescales. If a face to face appointment is required they will do this too.
Payments can be made either in cash or cheque to ‘The Broomhill Practice’ at reception. A receipt will be given if required.
Your questions answered
Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most healthcare to the majority people free of charge, but there are exceptions: for example, medical reports for insurance companies.
Surely the Doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed and they have to cover their costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the Doctor’s costs.
In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving Doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked to do non-medical work is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
- accident/sickness insurance certificates
- certain travel vaccinations
- private medical insurance reports
- statements of fact relating to general health e.g. for children’s dance classes
- Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient
- Holiday cancellation claim forms
- Referral for private care forms
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
- examinations of occupational health
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload – the majority work up to 70 hours a week – and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.
I only need the Doctor’s signature – what is the problem?
When a Doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the Doctor might have to check the patient’s entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the Doctor with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
What can I do to help?
- If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once.
- Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight
Examples of Non-NHS Services include the following:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Insurance Claim Forms
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
- Private Sick Notes
- Vaccination Certificates
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and Practice Reception Staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.