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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to a telephone system upgrade, our practice phone number has changed.

Our new phone number, effective from 8.00am on Friday 6th December 2019 is 0161 983 0600

This number is for appointments and general patient enquiries. Please update your records accordingly.

Non-NHS/Private Work Fees

 Why do GP's charge fees?

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 isn't covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient's medical records.

It is important to understand that GP's are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs- staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc.- in the same way as any small business

The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs

 

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

The government’s contract with GP's 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 GP's 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.

 

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GP's have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.

 

I only need the doctor's signature-what is the problem?

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 needs to check the patient's entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.

 

What will be charged?

The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. The BMA also suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GPs NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees.

Unfortunately in order to be fair to patients, there are no exceptions to the charges.

 

SPCT Non-NHS Service Fees (February 2019)

Service

Fee

VAT (20%)

Total Fee

VAT Status

Medical Record Requests

Copy Medical Records - Computer

No Charge

 

Copy Medical Records - Manual Records

No Charge

 

Premex

No Charge

 

Police

No Charge

MIB

£50.00

£10.00

£60.00

VAT

Home Office

£30.00

£6.00

£36.00

VAT

HM Courts & Tribunals Service

£17.00

£0.00

£17.00

Exempt

Medical Examinations

Army/RAF/Police Medical*

£65.00

£13.00

£78.00

VAT

DVLA (With Examination)*

£85.00

£17.00

£102.00

VAT

DVLA (Without Examination)*

£40.00

£8.00

£48.00

VAT

HGV/Taxi Medical

£95.00

£19.00

£114.00

VAT

Foster Medical

£73.86

£14.77

£88.63

VAT

Reports

ATOS

No Charge

ATOS Further Information*

£33.50

£6.70

£40.20

VAT

Housing Report

No Charge

Medical Report (Insurance)

£115.00

£23.00

£138.00

VAT

Medical Report (Solicitor)

£30.00

£6.00

£36.00

VAT

Occupational Health Reports

£55.00

£11.00

£66.00

VAT

Supplementary Report (Insurance/Solicitor)

£30.00

£6.00

£36.00

VAT

Criminal Injuries

£39.00

£7.80

£46.80

VAT

Police Fire Arms Certificate*

£30.00

£6.00

£36.00

VAT

Ofsted Report

£25.00

£5.00

£30.00

VAT

Bus Pass (GMPTE)

£25.00

£5.00

£30.00

VAT

Medical Statements (Police)*

£30.00

£6.00

£36.00

VAT

Charity (Shelter, Salford UCRC, Mind)

No Charge

 

Council Tax

No Charge

 

Cremation Certificate*

£82.00

£0.00

£82.00

Exempt

Patient Requests

Copy Medical Records - Computer

No Charge

 

Copy Medical Records - Manual Records

No Charge

 

GMPTE/Travel Pass Form

£25.00

£5.00

£30.00

VAT

Holiday Cancellation

£25.00

£5.00

£30.00

VAT

Private Letter

£10.00

£2.00

£12.00

VAT

Sickness/Accident Benefit Claim Form

£25.00

£5.00

£30.00

VAT

Vaccination List

No Charge

 

Blood/Sample Results

No Charge

 

Private Sick Note (Within Self-Certify Period)

£30.00

£6.00

£36.00

VAT

* Invoice After Completion

Key

VAT registration number 313 4477 19

 

No charge

 

VAT Chargeable

 

VAT Exempt

 

 



 
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