Patient Triage System Access To Your Full Medical Record New Total Triage Service starting 6th November 2023 Church Walk Surgery Honoured at the Lincolnshire General Practice Nursing and HCA Awards! We would like to inform you of some changes here at Church Walk Surgery PATIENT CAR PARK BLOOD & TEST RESULTS
Why do GPs charge fees?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example dental fees. In other cases it is because the service isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports of insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records.
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 work but for non NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs. Our fees are calculated based on our GPs Private hourly rate.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole 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 be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their patients
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are
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. Most GPs have a very heavy workload – the majority of GPs work up to 60 hours per week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted 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 record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
|Private sick note / certificate (no examination )
|£10 (starting 01.08.19)
|Holiday cancellation (short)
|Holiday cancellation (detailed )
|up to £60
|Fit to travel confirmation ( no exam)
|Fit to travel – short medical and report
|Fitness for gym membership ( simple statement)
|Fitness to drive (report without exam DVLA)
|HGV / PSV / Elderly driver – full medical and report
|Reports to housing authorities (to support applications on health related grounds)
|Private insurance form ( to support patients’ ins claim)
|Driving licence signature ( to confirm identity)
|Camp America forms
|Ofsted report ( simple form )
|Ofsted ( detailed report)
|Miscellaneous letter ( short)
|Miscellaneous letter (detailed )
|Private consultation with doctor
|£100 up to 30 mins
|Private Immigration Cases
( to enable employer to decide on recruitment )
|Post employment medicals
|To determine retirement on ill health grounds
|Assess fitness to undertake tasks
|Fitness to join pension scheme
|Certificate of incapacity to undertake activity
|Examination and report to advise on how job affects health
|Full Sports medical & report
|Short medical examination and report
|Price on application
|Adoption / Foster medical (parent/carer or Local Authority )
|Form AH – prospective parent/carer
|Form AH2 – update report parent/carer
|Reports to Insurance companies:
|Supplementary GP report
|Providing detailed opinion and statement on condition of patient
|Report on proforma
|Short certificate of fact