PRIVATE LETTERS

Private Letters By Summerhill Surgery

A private letter may be required for a variety of reasons including sickness, fitness to fly, to whom it may concern and ability to fly if pregnant.

  • We accept cash or cheques.
  • For non-patients, cheques must be supported by a bank guarantee card.
  • All cheques should be made payable to ‘Summerhill Surgery‘.

Please contact Reception for further information.

PRIVATE LETTERS

Holiday cancellation forms £24.00
Driving Licence countersignature £12.00
Passport countersignature £12.00
Fitness to travel letter £12.00
Fitness to travel letter and exam £42.00
Private detailed letter £40.00
Short letter £25.00
Private Health insurance form £30.00
Sickness/Accident report forms £24.00
Childminder/Ofsted form £60.00
Employer’s report £60.00
Character reference £24.00
Insurance claim form £30.00
Student health questionnaire form £12.00
School fees insurance claim form £12.00
Form HA (Health Assessment) £89.00
‘To whom it may concern’ letter £25.00
Health Club (fit to exercise) £12.00
Private Sick Note £12.00

COURT OF PROTECTION PAPERWORK

COP3 Form £124.00
Assessment of capacity £100.00
Power of Attorney £100.00

DNA TESTING

One Sample £33.00
Two Samples £46.20
Three Samples £59.40
Four Samples £72.60
DNA Tests are carried out viaOpen Cellmark Website

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?

The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are some exceptions for example: prescription charges for some people, medical reports for insurance companies.

Surely the Doctor is being paid anyway?

It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self employed and they have to cover their costs, for example, staff, heat and light like any other small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work but not for Non NHS work. The fee charged for Non NHS work therefore goes towards covering these costs.

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

The Governments contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years more and more organisations have been involving GPs in a wide range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked to be involved is because they are in a position of trust in the community or because an insurance company, employer or solicitor wants to be sure that information that you have provided them with is accurate and true.

So what sort of thing will I be charged for?

As an example there will be a charge for medical reports for insurance companies or mortgage applications. Some travel vaccinations can only be provided privately as they are not available on the NHS. Forms that need completing because you have had to cancel your holiday will incur a charge. Questionnaires that need completing for private gyms and private slimming clubs will incur a charge as will a letter that may be required if you want to leave a private gym for health reasons.

Is it true that the BMA sets fees for Non NHS work?

The BMA has in the past provided guidance for GPs in setting their fees. This is less common now and GPs are able to set their own fees to ensure that their costs in delivering the services are covered. Time spent completing private reports and undertaking private medical examinations are generally done outside of normal working hours as an extra commitment to a GPs workload.

I only need a Doctors signature – whats the problem?

When a Doctor signs a certificate or a report, they can only sign for what they know to be true and accurate. In order to complete even the simplest of forms the Doctor will need to check the Patients medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the Doctor as well as the patient.

How much will I be charged?

Please see the list of charges for the most common services at the top of this page

Payment for services can be made by cash or cheque made out to the ‘Summerhill Surgery’. A receipt will be provided on all occasions.

If the service you require is not on the list please contact our Practice Manager to arrange a quotation.

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