The NHS does not pay for some of the services that the GP’s provide and therefore a fee is charged and the work is considered to be ‘private’. The GP’s priority is the care of their patients and those duties always come first. Private work is done in the GP’s own time and is in addition to an already heavy workload. GP’s are under no obligation to do this work.
Private work includes private sick notes, insurance forms, holiday cancellation forms, medical reports, fitness to travel certificates, private prescriptions, passport signing and some vaccination services. The fees charged for these services are displayed in the surgery and below.
- Up to 10 working days is required to process all forms/paperwork
- Please be aware that you don’t need a GP appointment for completion of paperwork. Email your request or leave any paperwork in reception. Again, for any queries, please email or contact reception and not the GP.
- You’ll be invoiced accordingly for any work undertaken and payment is accepted via bank transfer, debit card and cash.
To understand more about why GP’s charge fees for some aspects of their work, please visit the British Medical Association (BMA)