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PRESCRIPTION CHARGES: The government announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence, to £8.60 per prescription item from 1st April 2017.


EXTENDED HOURS SURGERIES: We offer Extended Hours appointments from 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


READ THE LATEST NEWSLETTER: Newsletter - May 2017


PRESCRIPTION REQUESTSWe require 2 FULL WORKING DAYS to prepare your paper or electronic prescription as per NHS standard. This excludes procurement and dispensing time which is subject to separate clinical and safety standards.  You may not request items which are not on your repeat list due to local health policy restrictions in that items which are used occasionally and are available at a pharmacy must be purchased at a pharmacy, whether you are exempt or not from prescription charges. We encourage patients to register for SystmOnline prescription ordering. Just ask a member of our reception team.

Non NHS Fees

Private and Professional Fees for GPs       

Not all services are free on the NHS. There is a range of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge a fee which is based on the time and effort involved.

Why do GPs charge fees?

The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions e.g. prescription charges. There are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made to cover cost of treatment e.g. travel vaccinations, dental treatment. In other cases the service is not covered by the NHS e.g. medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patients medical records.

GPs are not employed directly by the NHS and are self-employed and have to cover costs e.g. staff, building, heating, lighting etc. in the way as any small business.

The NHS pays the GP for specific NHS work, but not for non-NHS work. Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time. 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. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms the doctor will need to check the medical records

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge:

  • Accident or sickness certificates for insurance purposes
  • Certain travel vaccinations
  • Private medical insurance reports
  • Certificates for school
  • Holiday insurance and cancellation forms
  • Referral or private care forms
  • Reports or letters for health clubs to certify the patient is fit to exercise
  • Letters requested by, on behalf of, the patient

You may contact the surgery to enquire about fees that are currently charged.

A list of non NHS services and fees will be displayed here soon.

Travel Vaccinations

Free travel vaccinations

The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS:

These vaccines are usually free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.

Private travel vaccinations

You are likely to have to pay for travel vaccinations against:

Yellow fever vaccines are only available from designated centres. The NaTHNaC website can help you find a clinic offering yellow fever vaccination.

The cost of travel vaccines at private clinics will vary, but could be around £50 for each dose of a vaccine. It is worth considering this when budgeting for your trip.



 
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