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Stock Hill Medical Centre
(Formerly Stock Hill Surgery)
Stock Hill Medical Centre
Stock Hill
Biggin Hill
TN16 3TJ

Phone: 01959 58 00 11

Non NHS Examinations And Documentation

Medical Examinations for special or non NHS purposes are undertaken by some of our Doctors; for which a fee is payable IN CASH. Please telephone between 2.00 - 4.00pm to discuss it with a receptionist. Please give yourself plently of time to arrange this examination as the doctors perform them in their own time and appointments can be limited.


Requests for completion of documentation for non NHS purposes should be sent to the surgery for the attention of the Admin Office, it will then be processed timely and you will be advised of any fee payable.  An up to date price list is available by clicking on the 'Our Documents' tab on the left.


Why do GP's Charge for these services?


Question 1.            Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?

The National Health Service provides most healthcare to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions, for instance, prescription charges have been around since 1951, and some dental treatment costs are charged to the patient. In other cases it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, like medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms and other letters which require the doctor to review patient medical records.


Question 2.            Isn't the doctor being paid anyway?

It is important to understand that GPs are not directly employed by the NHS, they are self employed. To provide the services they do, they have to cover their costs (staff, building, heating & lighting etc), in the same way as any small business. The NHS contract covers the NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee charged is to cover the GP & surgery costs.


Question 3.            So what does the NHS contract cover?

The NHS contract with any GP covers provision of medical services to NHS patients. Recently  organisations have been making more demands on GPs for their involvement in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs 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.


Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
Certain travel vaccinations                             Private medical insurance reports
Holiday cancellation claim forms                     Referral for private care forms
Letters and/or certificates requested by, or on behalf of, the patient


Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
Medical reports for an insurance company    Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
Examinations of local authority employees


Question 4.               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 GPs have a very heavy workload-the majority of GPs work up to 70 hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.


Question 5.               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 medical record.  Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.


Question 6.               What will I be charged?
The BMA (The British Medical Association) recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much.  It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge.

Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight, urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.

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