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GDPR - On 25 May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. Here is a copy of our Privacy Notice which includes information on how we use and protect your personal information, and your rights relating to this.


CHECK-IN SCREEN - Our new patient self check-in screen is up and running. It takes just a few seconds to use and is an effective way to increase efficiency at the reception desk and improve the patient experience. The reception staff will be encouraging patients to use it when they arrive for their booked appointments.



PRESCRIPTION CHARGES - If you pay for your prescriptions the NHS Prescription Charge increased to £8.80 for each item dispensed from 1st April 2018.



10 insider tips you don't know about your GP - NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group Chair Dr Jonathan Griffiths has recently written a blog, giving you an insight into the world of general practice. 10 Insider Tips


SAVE TIME, DO IT ONLINE   - Order your repeat prescriptions online, book and cancel your appointments online. Please ask a member of our Reception team for details about how to register for Online access.


ARE YOU A CARER? If you help a family member, friend or neighbour that has a disability, has a mental illness, has a chronic illness, is frail or has a substance misuse problem with alcohol or drugs, we would like to provide you with relevant information.  Please complete one of our "AM I A CARER?" forms at the Reception desk click on the Carers link in our Further Information Index.


READ THE LATEST PRACTICE NEWSLETTER: LBMC Newsletter - Spring 2018



PRESCRIPTION REQUESTSWe require at least 3 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.

From the 25 May 2018, in most cases, patients can request access to their medical records (Subject Access Request - SAR) free of charge, including when a patient authorises access by a third party such as a solicitor. A reasonable fee can be charged if the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive. If the request is for a medical report (rather than a SAR) then this falls under the Access to Medical Reports Act (AMRA) and will be handled in the usual way. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) does not change the AMRA.

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

  • Accident or sickness certificates for insurance purposes
  • Certain travel vaccinations
  • 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.

Please click HERE for our list of non NHS services and fees.

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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