Non NHS Services – Why do I have to pay for these?

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 that are not covered under the NHS remit and for which fees are therefore charged.

It is important to understand that many GPs are not employed by the NHS; they are self-employed and they have to cover their costs – for example the GP time it takes to review patient notes to complete your form, staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way dentists, vets, solicitors and accountants do or any other small business. There is also often some follow-up work to be done once the initial process has been completed, e.g. for Shotgun licences. The NHS covers the costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs. We will advise you of any fees at the time of your enquiry to enable you to make an informed decision on whether you wish to proceed. Work will commence once your fee has been received.

For more information, please click here: British Medical Association – non NHS services

We provide a range of non NHS services, with fees based on British Medical Association recommendation of rates. Please ask at reception for further details:- 

  • Accident and Sickness Claims
  • HGV medical examinations
  • Holiday Cancellation Claim
  • Life Assurance Proposal
  • Sickness or Accident
  • Insurance Reports
  • Private Medicals
  • Orange Badge Scheme
  • Shotgun Licence
  • Private Medical Certificates
  • Solicitors reports
  • Access to medical records Data Protection Act
  • Certain Travel Vaccinations and International Certificates