Time frame for non-NHS work
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. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient’s entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
Please note, we do not validate/certify Passport or Driving Licence applications due to the personal knowledge required to provide this service.
Letters written at the request of the patient and form completion are not covered by the NHS contract of services and have to be paid for in advance. These services are optional and we know that patients find them valuable. Please contact reception for costs and to make any requests. We usually need to see the form in advance so the Doctor can assess the fee and decide if he needs to see you in person.
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Our GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time. Please bear in mind that it can take up to 28 days to complete requests.
If you require a medical, please contact reception to book the appointment. These involve a fee which is payable by cash or card in advance. We operate a 24 hour notice policy should you need to cancel or rearrange your appointment once paid. There may be a waiting list for seafarers and aviation medicals so please give us as much notice as possible.