Not all services we provide are funded by the NHS. We are contracted by the NHS to look after your health under a medical services contract. Some items are not covered by this contract and will be charged for. These include, but are not limited to;
Medical examinations for work, travel or the DVLA
Completing forms, e.g. passports, residency applications, proof of address
Medications and vaccines for travel
Private sick notes
You will be advised of non-NHS that will attract a fee before the work is completed. The fees we charge are based on the British Medical Association's suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to help you. The surgery is registered for VAT and the majority of non-NHS Services will attract VAT at the standard 20% rate. We can only accept payment by cash or cheque.
Why do we need to charge? Like any business we need to pay our staff for the work they do. Non-NHS work takes our staff away form their normal NHS roles and adds extra hours to their day. Please remember that there are many steps and staff members involved in the process from your request for work to be done to the completed work returning to you. The time taken to do these tasks is often underestimated. A simple letter or form will take a route through the organisation involving up to 5 members of staff (reception -> clinician -> scanner & coder -> accounts -> back to reception).