Chargeable Services

Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Please note payment is required in full before any work is undertaken.

Our Fees

ServiceChargeCompletion time
Simple Certificates / Letters
To whom it may concern letter£3010 working days
Private fit note£3010 working days
Private Prescription£303 working days
Vaccination Certificate£3010 working days
DSA forms£3010 working days
Complex Certificates / Letters
Accident or sickness certificate (for insurance claim purposes)£6015 working days
Fitness to exercise/travel (no examination)£6015 working days
Holiday insurance certificate£6015 working days
Occupational Health Report (no examination)£6015 working days  
Medical Examination and Reports
Taxi / HGV medical / fitness to drive£130Within 5 working days of the examination
Lasting Power of Attorney£130Within 5 working days of the examination
Sports medical / fit to exercise£130Within 5 working days of the examination
Adoption / fostering£130Within 5 working days of the examination
Mental Capacity Certificate£130Within 5 working days of the examination
Occupational Health Report£130Within 5 working days of the examination
Insurance Reports
PMA insurance report£11015 working days
Supplementary report£5015 working days
Collaborative Arrangements
Forms M, B – Obstetric neonatal reports£4015 working days
Form AG2 – update report, parent/carer£4015 working days
Form AH – Health Assessment report£73.8615 working days
Form IHA – Initial Health Assessment – Looked after child£73.8615 working days
Forms C, D, YP or AME – Full medical examination of a child  £10015 working days
Blood Group Test (excluding lab costs)£40Appointment required
Hepatitis B – Adult (3 injections per course)£100Appointment required
Hepatitis B – Child (3 injections per course£80Appointment required
Rabies (3 injections per course)£100Appointment required
HIV Test (private)£60Appointment required

Further Information

When your doctor is asked to give medical information about you in the form of a report, letter or certificate, the request kick starts a series of processes.

This takes time and is not always straightforward or simple to complete. Some of the information is not available easily and will mean the doctor has to sort and select the right information for the request.

The doctor also must establish who is funding this work and if it is not part of their NHS work, agree a fee for this.

Many patients see their doctor as the embodiment of the NHS and all that it provides – free care at the point of delivery. However not all work doctors are asked to do is paid for by the NHS and many GPs are self-employed.

This means they must cover their time and costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way as any small business. The NHS only pays for NHS work, any work outside of the NHS must be funded by other means and this is why fees are charged.

The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions: prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged.

Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees; in other cases, it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies.
The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
– Accident/sickness insurance certificates
– Certain travel vaccinations
– Private medical insurance reports

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
– Medical reports for an insurance company
– Some reports for the DSS/Benefits agency
– Examinations of local authority employees
The BMA suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested.
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 or even the police.
The fee charged will depend on the service required. Some simple requests can be as little as £30.00, but more complex requests will incur a higher fee. When you request a private medical service, you will be quoted an exact figure, so you are able to make an informed decision on whether to proceed.
We only accept cash as a means of payment. You will be required to pay on the day of your examination or upon collection of your form/letter.

Your doctor receives large amounts of request and which is often to do with whether your general health allows you to do something e.g. to work, receive benefits, drive, play sport, attend school, own a house, a firearm or it is for insurance, court or other medico-legal reasons.

All requests will vary in complexity, volume and consistency ranging from signing a certificate which can take minutes, to an in-depth report with an examination that can take hours.

When your 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, they may have to check your entire medical record (some of which may not be accessible on a computer or on site).

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.

Your doctor is inundated with work. They have to balance their time with treating the sick, keeping their practice afloat and making sure they are doing all of this safely and within their professional duties as a doctor.

With certain exceptions written within their contract, doctors do not have to carry out non-NHS work. However, many choose to for the benefit of you and other families they treat.

Where a doctor chooses to undertake the work, we advise them to inform and always agree a fee in advance of undertaking work.

Should their volume of work prove to be greater or more complex than expected, the doctor will contact you to discuss how to proceed.

– Not all documents need a signature by a doctor and can be done by other professionals. Please check the form and accompanying guidance as you may get a quicker response that way.

– If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once and ask your doctor if he or she is prepared to complete them at the same time to speed up the process.

– Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight. Urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.

– Don’t book an appointment with your doctor to complete forms without checking with your doctor’s administrative staff as to whether you need to or not.