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The doctors will carry out medical examinations and prepare reports e.g. for life insurance, pre-employment medicals, HGV, PSV and taxi driver licences.
Appointments can be arranged by calling the main surgery number or asking our receptionist.
There is a charge for these examinations and you can get details of the charges below or from our receptionist.
If you need to have bloods taken as part of this process there will also be a separate charge for these as we are charged by the hospital.
Private Non NHS Fees and Charges
Why do GP's charge fees for medical reports and letters?
The practice has a primary duty of care to provide services for the management of patients who are ill. Writing letters and reports (i.e for insurance providers, adoption and fostering, driving (DVLA), housing and benefit appeals, schools, health clubs and employers) all falls outside of the NHS GP Contract. When medical reports are provided they are a private service and as such, have to be completed in the GP's own time outside of their paid NHS working hours.
These services incur a fee and we set our fees with reference to the British Medical Association guidance on private fees.
What if I cannot afford to pay a fee?
The practice recognises that many of our patients may have significan financial difficulties would not wish to increase their financial stress. For this reason the practice recommends that patientsd get online access to their medical notes. Patient can also request a copy of their notes via a Subject Access Request ( SAR). There is no chsarge for this level of support however copies will be provided electronically to the patient.
What if I only need a doctors signature?
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 most simple of forms, the doctor needs to check the patients entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reportd takes the GP away from the medical care of their patients. Most GP's have a very heavy workload, which can add up to 60hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of time. In addition non NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.