The NHS does not pay for some of the services we provide. These include private sick notes, insurance forms, holiday cancellation forms, medical reports, fitness to travel certificates, private prescriptions, passport signing and some vaccination services. Our fees for these services are displayed in the surgery.
If you have been given a private prescription by a consultant you have seen, the doctor will decide if it is clinically appropriate to convert this into an NHS prescription. We will not issue medications without a clear written prescription and a letter from the consultant.
The doctor must agree with the treatment as they take clinical responsibility for signing it. With certain medications the consultant needs to be responsible initially, until the patient is stabilised on the medication. In some cases the GP may not feel happy to issue the prescription and the private or hospital prescription will be returned.
Please be aware we are an NHS practice and are governed by local prescribing policies which change from time to time. Private prescriptions will be dealt with in the same timescale as normal repeat prescriptions.
If I pay for private treatment, how will my NHS care be affected?
You’re still entitled to free NHS care if you choose to pay for additional private care.