Non NHS Services and Fees – Useful Information for Patients
If you request for a doctor to complete a form for you, this is not considered by the NHS as essential NHS work and therefore has to be done in the doctors private time, so as not to interfere with the usual running of the surgery. Examples of the type of forms this can include, but are not limited to:
To view our fee list, please click on the link below:
It is important to know that it is not obligatory for a GP to undertake this type of work
Due to the GP’s heavy workload, we recommend you allow 6-8 weeks for the completion of any form. This is because in order to complete even the simplest of forms 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 (the doctors’ regulatory body) or even the Police. All forms are completed on a strict, date received basis in order to be fair to all patients.
This work is chargeable
It is up to individual doctors to decide how much they will charge, but the practice uses suggested fees which many doctors use and based on guidance from the British Medical Association, in order to be fair and equitable. We have a tariff of charges on the wall in the surgery waiting room and on the website but if your form is unusual we can ask the GP to advise in advance what the cost will be. Please ask us 🙂
We will always ask for a minimum £30 non-refundable deposit as unfortunately in the past, work has not been collected but we have incurred costs in preparing. If you have any questions relating to this service, please ask at reception