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NHS 24  Telephone Number

The NHS Telephone Number has changed to 111.

 

Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone.

By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.

 

Extended Hours

Please be aware that we now offer apppointments outside of normal consulting times. 

These appointments must be booked in advance and are for patients who cannot attend the Practice during normal consulting times. These are available on all weekday mornings, from 0800 - 0930.  Please ask at reception for more details.

 

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You can arrange to have a CERVICAL SMEAR test now.

Routine recall 3 years.

 

List Removal

Please note that each year the Health Board carries out a list cleansing to remove patients that have left the practice.

 

If you receive a letter from the Health Authority, please make sure that you take the time to respond to their letter. 

In the event that no action is taken, you may be removed from our Practice List.

 

Bowel Screening

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Why do we have to charge for these services?

 

 

 

Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?

 

The NHS provides most health services to people free of charge, but there are some exceptions. Sometimes a charge is made because the service is not covered by the NHS; for example Medical Reports for Insurance Companies.

 

 

 

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

 

The Governments contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. Sometimes the only reason that a GP is asked to provide information is because they hold a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company wants to be sure that the information provided to them is true and correct.

 

Examples of Non-NHS services which GP’s can charge their NHS patients:

 

 

 

  • Accident/sickness insurance certificates and reports
  • Certain travel/holiday vaccinations
  • Private medical insurance reports
  • Reports for ‘fitness to start a diet regime.’
  • Medicals for HGV/Taxi/PSV
  • Elderly Driver Medicals
  • Holiday Cancellation forms
  • Shotgun Certificate Verification
  • Driving Licence Forms
  • Passport applications
  • Private sick notes and letters

 

 

 

Examples of non-NHS services which GP’s can charge other institutions:

 

 

 

  • Medical reports for an insurance company
  • Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
  • Examinations of local authority/Ofsted Reports

 

 

 

Why does it take so long for my GP to complete a form or report?

 

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the care of our NHS patients. Our GP’s have a heavy workload—paperwork takes up an increasing amount of time.

 

 

 

I only need a doctors signature—what is the problem?

 

When a doctor signs a certificate of report, it is a condition of the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor might have to read a patients entire medical record.

 

 

 

For More information about charges visit the British Medical Association Website at: www.bma.org.uk

 

 

Non NHS Service Fees

Our fees for Non- NHS Services are below:-

Certificates

           

  • Private Sick Note        (any sick note within seven days)                                 £15.00
  • Private prescription                                                                                         £15.00
  • Driving Licence Forms                                                                                    £25.00
  • Freedom from Infection Certificate    (for company)                                        £30.00

(for individual)                                 £20.00

 

Doctors Letter/forms requiring completion

 

  • ‘to whom it may concern’ e.g; appealing university/school exams                      £15.00 

                                                                                                             

 

Reports and Examinations

 

  • Medical Report for employers/solicitors/Insurance companies;

 without examination -          half page £60, over half a page £120   

             with examination      -                                          £170.00

  • Supplementary Report                                                                                   £25.00
  • Pre-Employment Medicals with Report (45 minutes)                                     £110.00
  • LGV, PCV, LGV Driver Examination                                                           £110.00
  • Elderly / Taxi / Racing Driver Fitness Certificate and Examination                  £110.00
  • Sports Fitness Reports and examination                                                        £110.00
  • Fee for Medical Consultation – Private Patients per 10 minutes                      £30.00

 

Copies of Records

 

  • Copies of Reports for Patients under Access to Health Records Act 1990    45p/side AND £15 administration fee up to maximum of £50.00

 

Travel Health

 

  • Letter confirming prescriptions for travel                                                          £15.00
  • Vaccination Certificate                                                                                    £20.00
  • Holiday Cancellation Certificate        (long)                                                      £30.00

(short)                                            £20.00

  • Fitness to Travel Certificate                                                                            £30.00
 
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