Requests for Reports, Medicals and Letters
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS (which provides medical care only) and a fee is charged for these. Examples include the following:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements including all DVLA Forms- HGV, PSV etc
- Insurance claim forms
- Private sick notes - including schools and further education
- Requests for letters - including requests for confirmation of registration, conditions etc
Our team will be happy to advise you how you request these, and what the fee will be. All fees are to be paid ahead of the report/letter etc being produced
DVLA have requested that we don't complete any work for them until they have confirmed that they are happy to pay the charge. When we receive a request for a DVLA report we quickly e-mail an invoice to them and ask for their agreement but, unfortunately, can be waiting for some weeks for them to return to us. We want to reassure patients that, once their agreement is received - we place the report with a GP to complete as soon as possible. Any queries about the delays in getting DVLA approval need to be directed to them.
Letters - To Whom it May Concern
If you want to request a letter from the surgery - please fill out a request form (click here to get the form) and arrange to pay the fee ahead of the letter being produced.
Why do GPs charge fees? Your questions answered.
Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Sometimes a charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees. In other cases it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, who understandably do not cover costs for work which isn't providing clinical care to a patient.
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 pays the doctor for specific NHS clinical work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the practice costs (which includes admin and doctor time).
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 their patients. GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
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. Therefore, in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor may need 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 will I be charged?
We will let you know in advance of completing any work whether there is a charge for it and, if so, how much that is. Individual Practices set their own charges but the BMA gives guidance on suggested fees for a range of private work
Do not expect your GP to be able to complete forms with very short timescales - if we are able to complete a request urgently and have to make special arrangements to do this - there will be an additional cost.