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We now have  a nurse practitioner service we can offer to patients. They are able to treat most acute problems so you may be directed to these instead of a GP.


Please note patients are registered to the practice list and not individual GP's, doctor of choice is not always possible but we try to accommodate.


Our Reception team now triage every call by asking you a few questions regarding the nature of your appointment.  This is so they can navigate you to the best clinician in our team to treat you.  As our team is expanding this may not by a doctor. Please try to help them by giving us as much information as possible as to why you would like an appointment.


We would like to welcome Sam Barker  to our clinical team.  Sam joins us as a mental health nurse who will be able to see our patients with any mental health problems including depression, anxiety, stress etc.  




Non-NHS Services

The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge but there are exceptions. Charges have to be made for services not covered by the NHS treatment, for example, medical reports for insurance companies.

It is important to understand that 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 fee has to cover the doctor's costs. All this work requires time on the part of the doctors and their secretarial staff.

Examples of non-NHS services for which our GPs charge their NHS patients are:

  • Accidental/sickness insurance certificates
  • Certain travel vaccinations
  • Private medical insurance reports
  • HGV, PSV medicals
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Elderly driver medicals          

Whenever possible, we try to complete such forms and reports within two weeks of receipt. Sometimes this can take a little longer - the relevant GP might be away on holiday for example. The GPs have to find time to complete this sort of paperwork in amongst all their other duties and it can take time to read through a patient's set of notes in order to answer the questions raised.

Although it may seem that a form requires no more than a doctor's signature, 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 or even the Police.

For fees for Non-NHS Services please click here or enquire at reception.


 

 
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