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.

Private services

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.

Improved Access

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 2023:

Private Service
Private Prescriptions
Private Sick Note
Private Insurance Claim Forms
TWIMC Letter
Child Minding Form
– Oftsed Health Declaration
– Other Not Complex
Blue Badge (Disabled Parking)
Firearms Licence
Freedom from Infection Certificate/private blood test
Power of Attorney/Court of Protection
– With Appointment
– Without Appointment

Travel Abroad
Holiday Cancellation Certificate
Fitness to Travel
Medical Examinations and Reports
Seat Belt Exemption, As follows:
Extract from Record
Report with Exam HGV/PSV/Pilot/Employment
Report without Exam HGV/PSV/Pilot/Employment
Detailed written report, No Exam – Solicitors report
Private Adoption/Fostering Medical
Photocopying of medical records
25p per page. Minimum of £5