Non NHS charges
We have included some information to explain what Non NHS charges are as well as a list of current charges recommended by the BMA.
Why do I have to pay?
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, providing copies of health records or producing medical reports for insurance companies.
What is covered by the NHS?
The Government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment. In recent years, however, 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 ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate.
I only require a signature. What will I be charged?
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 (the doctors' regulatory body) or even the Police.
Below is a list of current prices that Apsley House Surgery charge for Non NHS work, for more information please see the BMA website.
|Access to records under Data Protection Act|
£10 if viewing in surgery
Up to £50
Adoption Medical (Fostering paid by agency)
Fitness to attend Private School / University / Sports
Extract from Records
Holiday Cancellation Insurance Claim
Freedom from Infection Certificate
Insurance Claim form
Medical re: DVLA - Elderly driving Certificate
HGV,LGV,PCV, Racing drivers medical
Medical and Report
Ofsted (Child Minders)
Private sick note
Student unfit to take exams