Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples 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
- Private letters
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
We ask for a minimum of 7 days notice for any letters or forms requested.
A list of fees is attached below.
Why do GPs sometimes charge fees – surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that many GPs are not employed by the NHS. GP partners are self employed and have to cover costs in the same way as any other small business i.e. staff, building, heating, lighting, stationary etc. These costs are covered partly by the NHS for NHS work, but private fees also contribute towards these expenses.
What costs do the NHS cover and what is not?
The Government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment. However in recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate.
Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist patients with the completion of forms i.e. for insurance purposes, GPs are not contractually required to do non-NHS work. At Midlock Medical Centre we do not countersign driving licence applications or passport applications.
Who sets the fees for non-NHS work?
Midlock Medical Centre sets its prices following guidance from The British Medical Association (who are the professional association and registered trade union for British doctors).
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. Midlock Medical Centre have a very heavy workload, and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of time. It can take minimum of two weeks to complete these forms. We ask for a minimum of 7 days notice for any letters or forms requested.
I only need the doctor’s signature – what is the problem?
To remain on the Medical Register, the doctor must only sign or complete a certificate or report that they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms the doctor will check the patient’s entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council (the doctors’ regulatory body) or even the Police.
Midlock non-nhs fees