Merchiston Surgery

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Non-NHS services

The NHS provides most healthcare and healthcare services free of charge to UK residents, but there are some exceptions.

GPs themselves have to cover operational & running costs- buildings, equipment, heating, lighting, maintenance, Insurance, staff etc. Therefore professional fees charged must reflect a contribution to these costs as well as professional time.

Individual practices decide how much to charge for non NHS services. The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.

What can be charged for?

Examples include the following:

  • Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.
  • Passport signing
  • Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
  • Private sick notes
  • Vaccination certificates

Examples of Non NHS services for which the practice can charge other organisations include:

  • DWP/Benefits Agency Reports
  • European working time directive certification
  • Medical Reports for Insurance Companies
  • Reports for Solicitors

We can usually inform you of the likely charge when you ask for the paperwork to be completed.

Please visit the following link for some frequently asked question answers.  Non-NHS Fees FAQ 2022­_05