Non-NHS Fees and Charges
Some services are not covered by the NHS and will therefore incur a fee. NHS care is priority and any private letters or forms can take up to 3 weeks to complete.
Why do GPs sometimes charge fees?
It is important to understand that a General Practice partnership is an independent business, the partners are self employed and contracted by NHS England to provide NHS Primary Care Services.
Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms for example for insurance purposes, they are not required to do such non-NHS work.
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 and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to complete this work outside of and in addition to their normal hours.
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 (the doctors’ regulatory body) or even the police.
Please refer to the list of fees below.