The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions such as prescription charges. The NHS does not employ GPs but instead has a contract with them to provide NHS general medical services for their patients.
General Practitioners are often asked to conduct medical examinations or supply medical information to or on behalf of a third party, e.g. for life assurance or sickness cover insurance claims. This work is not covered by the NHS and therefore a fee is usually payable to the practice.
It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge, although the British Medical Association produces lists of suggested fees for the GPs to use as a guideline.
When a Doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, the Doctor needs to check the patient’s entire medical record to ensure that they are providing accurate information. Please note: not all documents need a signature by a Doctor. For example, you could ask another person in a position of trust, who may be willing to sign a passport application free of charge, e.g. Teacher, Accountant, Bank Clerk.
Please note the following:
All private fees must be paid in advance. We accept cash or cheques. Cheques made payable to Graham Road Surgery.
Doctors will NOT accept requests to complete these forms, etc. during a consultation.
Failure to attend an appointment for a private form/examination will result in a charge of 50% of the fee. Additional fees may be incurred for additional information, e.g. blood tests.
Please remember that consultations with sick patients must take priority over this PRIVATE (non NHS) work and therefore there may be a delay in getting examinations or forms completed. We aim to complete documentation within ten working days of receipt of payment. However, please bear in mind this is not always possible during busy periods.
We are working together with other local practices to offer patients access to more appointments in the early mornings, evenings and at weekends. To find out more about these services, please contact the practice.
Fees, updated 2019:
Driving Licence Forms
Private Medical Certificates
Fitness to Travel (without examination)
Fitness to Travel (with examination)
Private Letter regarding medical information
Holiday Cancellation Form (without examination)
Holiday Cancellation Form (with examination)
Private medical claim form, e.g. BUPA
Private medical “pre-treatment” form, e.g. BUPA
School/University Letter, e.g. fees insurance claim, letters for exam boards (without examination)
School/University Letter (with examination)
“To whom it may concern” Letter, e.g. housing/social care
Other Letters including DWP appeals (without examination)
Other Letters including DWP appeals (with examination)
Private Consultations, per 10 minutes
Court of Protection (examination and report)
Capacity Assessment, with form/letter
Power of Attorney, with form
Racing Driver, recreational purposes only
Private Pilot/Gliding, recreational purposes only
Diving/Parachuting, recreational purposes only
Basic Fitness for Sport/Attend Gym/Personal Trainer, must attend consult with GP
Cambridge Diet Medical Record Form, must attend consult with GP
Lighter Life/Weight Loss Plan Form, must attend consult with GP
DNA Testing, per person, kit supplied by patient
Access to Medical Records
Private Blood Test, plus cost of laboratory test