Non NHS/Private Services

non_nhs_services2The doctors are happy to provide insurance claim reports and private medical examinations for registered patients only.  The doctors do this work at times that will not impact on routine surgery time.  Please contact the surgery for details of charges. 

Note that the doctors WILL NOT sign passport applications.

IMPORTANT: PRIVATE WORK - Please note that anything that is not NHS contracted work can take up to six weeks to complete as the doctors must give priority to all NHS work.  This includes some forms that are required for the Council. Fees are charged where appropriate for private work.    Charges can be paid by card over the phone and must be paid before the work is undertaken.

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, for example prescription charges, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. This is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms for referral to private care and other letters and forms which require the GP to review the patient’s medical record.

Surely the GP is being paid anyway?

GPs are not employed by the NHS. They are self-employed and 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 work but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the GP’s costs.

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 / her patients. GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.

I only need a GPs signature – what is the problem?

When a GP 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 simplest of forms, the GP needs to check the patient’s entire medical record. Carelessness or inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the GP.

Charges at the Boulevard medical practice are listed below;

Certificates/ Letters/ FormsFee 
Blood results FREE
Bus Pass application form £20
Exemption from attending court as a witness £100
Fitness to travel certificate £35
Holiday Insurance cancelation certificate £45
Housing Support Letters £35
Medical Consultation - Private patient per hour £150 
Medical Consultation - Private patient 10 minute appointment £30
Private Sick Note £17.50
To Whom It May Concern Letter £35
Signature and Stamp only £15

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