Non-NHS "Private" Services
Non-NHS "Private" Work Examples
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Insurance claim forms
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad (click here for the travel clinic page)
- Certain travel vaccinations (click here for the travel clinic page)
- Private sick notes for work, college or university
- Vaccination certificates
- Power of Attorney / Guardianship forms
- Access to medical records
Please note, Morningside Medical Practice does not countersign driving licence applications, complete BUPA & PPP forms, or provide health club fitness to exercise certificates.
Non-NHS "Private" Services Information
Why do GPs sometimes charge fees – surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that many GPs (including Morningside Medical Practice) 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 (including Morningside Medical Practice) 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 Morningside Medical Practice, we do not countersign driving licence applications, complete BUPA & PPP forms, or provide health club fitness to exercise certificates.
Who sets the fees for non-NHS work?
Morningside Medical Practice sets its prices following guidance from The British Medical Association (who are the professional association and registered trade union for British doctors’) and benchmarks these fees against other neighbouring practices.
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. Morningside Medical Practice GPs have a very heavy workload, and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of time, and some take paperwork home out with normal working hours. It can take a minimum of two weeks to complete these forms.
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.
Non-NHS "Private" Services Fees
STANDARDISED CERTIFICATES & FORMS
|Private sick note, freedom from infection, statement of fact certificate||£25|
|Fitness to fly or travel certificate ||£39|
|Holiday insurance, cancellation, school fees insurance, sickness or accident claim||£44|
|Power of Attorney and Legal Guardianship forms|
(Morningside Medical Practice would encourage you to have these forms countersigned by a solicitor. While we can confirm you are competent to sign the form, we are not experts in the legal implications of your decision and this advice is best given by a solicitor)
|£130 minimum (thereafter pro rota as per fees below for medical reports)|
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MEDICAL REPORTS & EXAMINATIONS
This includes pre-employment medicals, LGV, PCV, taxi driver, elderly driver, and fitness to attend school. Morningside Medical Practice charges pro-rota as below depending on the time it takes the GP to assess and complete. As a guide:
|Pro-rata fee per hour||£250|
|15 mins e.g. extract from records||£62.50|
|30 mins e.g. report with no examination||£125|
|45 mins e.g. report with an examination||£187.50|
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PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS
(Patients not normally resident in the UK & without a non-reciprocal agreement)
|Single consultation (Doctor or Nurse) – First appointment||£85|
|Single consultation (Doctor or Nurse) – Review appointment||£65|
|Home visit||See above pro-rota charges|
|Private blood test||As per NHS lab fee and “review” appointment|
|Private prescription for drugs required for travel abroad and in support of private treatment||£25|
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ACCESS TO RECORDS – DATA PROTECTION ACT
(A written and signed request from patient is required)
|Manual records or combination of manual and computerised records||£50|