Non NHS Private Fees
We offer a range of Non National Health services such as, Private Medical Certificates, Medical Reports and Examinations, HGV and PSV Medicals and ratification of BUPA claim forms. Our fees for these are in line with those recommended by The BMA and are published in the Reception area.
Insurance reports & medical examinations
These are not part of our NHS work and therefore a fee is normally charged in accordance with British Medical Association guidelines. Please see our fee list section for details of our current fees
Certificates & Forms
- Simple Certificates/Letters (eg. I Certify that; To whom it may concern): £42.00
- Private Medical Certificate £39.60
- Freedom from infection letter or certificate £39.60
- Sickness/Accident Insurance Form £45.60
- Fitness to attend or take part in performance School/University/School Activities £48.00
- BUPA/PPP Form £64.80
- Paternity Test kit price includes postage fee as needs to be sent via special delivery £79.20
- Army Questionnaire Form £79.20
- Police Questionnaire Form £79.20
Completion of Forms that require GP Appointment
- HGV, Taxi, DVLA, Elderly Driver Fitness, Employment etc £210.00
- Private Blood Test; Paternity: DNA; Tricho Testing £72.00
- Private Prescription (for medication not available on NHS) £26.40
- Private Consultation (including prescription) £210.00
Medical Reports/Complex Letters(no examination):
- Up to 15 minutes work £102.00
- Up to 30 minutes work £204.00
- Up to 45 minutes work £306.00
- Up to 1 hour work £342.00
Access to Medical Reports
Subject Access Report *No fee
*Free for first request only. Subsequent or excessive requests will incur a minimum £24 fee
- Payment is required in advance
- We accept card payments only – We do not accept cash
- Cholera (two dose pack) £68.40 for two doses (NHS)
- Encephalitis – Tick Borne (three doses per course) Adult: £78 per dose Junior: £78 per dose (Private)
- Encephalitis Japanese £102 per dose (Private)
- Hepatitis A £58.20 (NHS)
- Hepatitis A & Typhoid £100.80 (NHS)
- Hepatitis A & B (three doses per course) £75 (NHS)
- Hepatitis B (three doses per course) (For Travel) £48 per dose (Not for Occupational H) (Private/NHS)
- Malaria Tablets (Prescription only) £18 (Private)
- Meningitis ACWY (Menveo or Nimenrix) (For Travel) £42 (Private/NHS)
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (one or two doses) £66 (NHS)
- Polio Diptheria & Tetanus £39.60 (NHS)
- Rabies (three doses per course) £102.00 per dose (Private)
- Typhoid £33.00 (NHS)
- Yellow Fever including certificate (one course) £90 (Private)
- Yellow Fever Replacement certificate £18 (Private)
For patients registered with Wells Park Practice, We will ask for a deposit of £15 for each appointment slot which will go towards the cost of your non NHS vaccination. This fee will be refundable if you attend for your appointment but do not require any private prescription.
For patients not registered with Wells Park Practice, we will charge a £15 fee for each appointment slot to cover our costs. Any other vaccines administered will incur additional costs
Fees payable if required for Occupational Health
Payment by Card only
How We Process Requests For Medical Reports And Private Letters
Not everything is available on the NHS
There are some things we may need to charge for
People often come to their GP for services that are not available on the NHS and therefore are not funded by the NHS. In these circumstances, practices are entitled to charge for these services. These non-NHS services are listed below:
- Medical report declaring fitness to take part in exercise
- Medical report declaring ability to participate in activity
- Confirmation of an address for school places
- Sick notes for missed examinations
- Sick notes for less than 7 days
- HGV and DVLA applications
The practice, whilst wishing to support patients with social and financial problems, has a primary duty to prioritise services for patients who are ill (with conditions from which recovery is generally expected), terminally ill or suffering with chronic disease.
We are able to give you access to your record which provides a summary of your medical record including key diagnosis and current medications as previously recorded and read coded together with an online access to your records. There is no charge for this service.
Why do GPs sometimes charge fees? Your questions answered in our FAQ.
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: prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. 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 is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies.
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
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 covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs.
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.
Can you give examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients:
- accident/sickness insurance certificates
- certain travel vaccinations
- private medical insurance reports
Can you give examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions:
- medical reports for an insurance company
- some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
- examinations of local authority employees
- DS 1500 Form (Disability Living/Attendance Allowance)
Is it true that the BMA sets fees for non-NHS work?
The BMA suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested.
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. Most GPs have a very heavy workload – the majority work up to 70 hours a week – and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.
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. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, 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 or even the Police.
What will I be charged?
The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up to the individual doctor to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees which many doctors use. Surgeries often have lists of fees on the waiting room wall based on these suggested fees.
What can I do to help?
- Not all documents need signature by a doctor, for example passport applications. You can ask another person in a position of trust to sign such documents free of charge.
- If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once and ask your GP if he or she is prepared to complete them all at once as a (job lot) at a reduced price.
- Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight. You should expect the form(s) to take up to 4 weeks for the GP to complete and return
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