Private Charges – Non NHS

The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions: prescription charges still exist in England and there is a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, e.g. dental fees. In other cases it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, e.g. medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms for referral for private care, letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records, etc.

Examples of non-NHS services are:

  • Certain travel vaccinations
  • Private medical insurance reports
  • Holiday cancellation claim forms

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/her patients. GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.

I only need the doctor’s signature!

When doctors sign a certificate or complete a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore, in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient’s medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police. The charge reflects either the time required to check information and/or the degree of responsibility in signing the document.

FEES FOR FORMS, MEDICALS and PRIVATE WORK

FEE
Adoption (patient paying)
Does not include investigative tests – additional costs set by pathology lab
£73.86 (£82.29)
Advance Decision/Living Will£35
ARU – Camp America 
If no examination needed
£50
£25
ARU – Medical Declaration£20
 
Character reference£35
Children’s TV/Entertainment disclaimer
E.g. for job / shotgun licence
£20
 
FORMS
Bus pass£5
Simple form requiring doctor’s signature£20
Fit to travel / fly / exercise; holiday insurance / firearm renewal/ cancellation forms; Power of Attorney etc.£35
Medical examination needed – single apt£65
Medical examination needed – double apt£130
Assessment of capacity form£80
Ofsted Health Declaration form£80
MEDICAL REPORTS
Extract from records – no examination£60
Report on pro-forma – no examination£80
Detailed written report – no examination£100
Medical examination + report (20 mins / 40 mins appointment)£130 / £160
Taxi / HGV medical exam + report£150
 
Pacemaker – removal from deceased patient£70
 
PRIVATE
Consultation with a doctor / nurse
Private ECG………………………………………………………
Private prescription………………………………………….
Private sick note………………………………………………
Private telephone consultation…………………………

£65 / £40
£80
£18
£26
£28
£5
To whom it may concern letter  
Students                                                        
£35
£15
Confirmation of address letter                                                            
Students

NB: We do not sign PASSPORTS
£35
£15

* Please note – our fees are based on the BMA guidance on what to charge for private medical reports, forms, letters, certificates etc. Please see https://www.bma.org.uk