Non-NHS Services

 

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Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:

Common Patient Charges

  • Firearms license £70 (inc. VAT)
  • Medicals for driving requirements (HGV, PGV) £100 (incl. VAT)
  • Prescriptions (private) £20
  • Miscellaneous letters (TWIMC, Vaccination certificates) £35
  • Power of Attorney £130 (inc. VAT)

Other Charges

  • Medicals for pre-employment
  • Insurance claim forms
  • Medical reports
  • DVLA reports
  • Fostering & Adoption
  • Certificates £40
  • Ofsted £87.50 (inc. VAT)

The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability. We can accept payment by cash, cheque or card. Payment cannot be taken over the phone due to our calls being recorded. Payment must be made prior to any collection of reports/certificates. You will be given a receipt for any payment made. Please make cheques payable to: Ammonite Health Partnership.

Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t the NHS meant to be free?

The NHS provides most care to patients free of charge, but there are exceptions. Fees are charged for services not covered by the NHS.

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

More and more organisations are involving GPs in a whole range of non-clinical work. Sometimes, the only reason is because the GPs are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company wants to ensure that information given to them is true and accurate..

Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for patients?

With certain limited exceptions, for example confirming a patient is not fit for jury service, GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients. Whilst they will always try to assist, they are not required to do such work.

Why does it take so long to complete a form?

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes GPs away from the medical care of patients. Most GPs have heavy workloads and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.

Will I be charged?

We will inform you in advance of any charge.