The telephone number to book an ambulance is 0191 3017687 You must meet the basic criteria for this service before it will apply to you. Usually Ambulances will only take you to NHS hospitals in our area.
Note there is no facility to arrange return transport for any escorts who travel with you if you are admitted to hospital at the appointment.
To book an ambulance you will be asked some important questions:
- What is your NHS number? (this is usually on your appointment letter)
- Will you have an escort?
- What equipment will your have e.g. oxygen, wheelchair, Zimmer frame?
- Type of appointment e.g. Admission, Day Patient, Out Patient?
- Any requests such as a Wheelchair required at hospital.
Health Checks for patients 75 and over.
All patients over 75 who do not already attend the surgery for an annual review are welcome to book a health check with the health care assistant. the health care assistant will check your blood pressure, weight, height, urine and enquire about any health needs. Please book with the receptionist if you wish to have a health check.
NON NHS EXAMINATIONS
Medical examinations for special purposes i.e. elderly drivers, pre-employment, HGV, taxi etc. can be arranged through the reception staff. There may be a charge for some of these examinations
Why GPs sometimes charge fees
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
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 – staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment.
In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving doctors 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 ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their own NHS patients:
- accident or sickness certificates for insurance purposes
- school fee and holiday insurance certificates
- reports for health clubs to certify that patients are fit to exercise
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions:
- life assurance and income protection reports for insurance companies
- reports for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in connection with disability living allowance and attendance allowance
- medical reports for local authorities in connection with adoption and fostering
Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
With certain limited exceptions, for example a GP confirming that one of their patients is not fit for jury service, GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients.
Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms, for example for insurance purposes, they are not required to do such non-NHS work.
Is it true that the BMA sets fees for non-NHS work?
We suggest fees that GPs may charge their patients for non-NHS work (ie work not covered under their contract with the NHS) in order to help GPs set their own professional fees.
However, the fees suggested by us are intended for guidance only; they are not recommendations and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates we suggest.
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 or her patients.
Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.
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.
In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have 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 (the doctors’ regulatory body) or even the Police.
What will I be charged?
We recommend that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and what the fee will be.
It is up to individual doctors to decide how much they will charge, but we produce lists of suggested fees which many doctors use. Surgeries often have lists of fees on the waiting room wall based on these suggested fees.
What can I do to help?
- Not all documents need a signature by a doctor, for example passport applications. You can ask another person in a position of trust to sign such documents free of charge.
- If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once and ask your GP if he or she is prepared to complete them at the same time to speed up the process.
- 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.
What type of report work doesn’t have to be done by my GP?
There is some medical examination and report work that can be done by any doctor, not only a patient’s GP. For this work there are no set or recommended fees which means doctors may set their own fees. We offer guidelines only.
FARNHAM MEDICAL CENTRE
PRIVATE FEES AND CHARGES
The services shown are not provided under the National Health Service and the following fees will be charged. Please note we request payment when forms are handed in, which you will be given a receipt for. Please bring the receipt with you when collecting the form.
|Examination and detailed report (letter)||£160.00|
|Report without examination (letter)||£60.00 – £100|
|Insurance claim form completion||£20.00 – £30.00|
|Extract from records||£50.00|
|GP Examination (EGPR)||£92.50|
|Gp Supplementary Report||£25.50|
|Photocopying (full summary printout)||£10.00|
|Photocopying (full notes)||£50.00|
|HGV/LGV (our patients only)||£80.00|
|Taxi Medical (our patients only)||£60.00|
|Copy of medical records|
|Patient access with copies||£10.00 – £50.00|
|Statement of fact/TWIMC||£20.00|
|Fit to Travel/Fly/Exercise||£20.00|
|Private sick note||£20.00|
|Lasting power of Attorney|
|Private Medical Insurance i.e BUPA|
|Extract from records||£56.00|
|Completion of form||£100.00|
|Full medical examination with report||£160.00|
|Adoption and Fostering AH Form||£84.50|
|Citizens Advice/Supporting letter from GP||£20.00|