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For frequently asked questions about the merger of the Bollington, Disley and Poynton Practices please go to the following link below

https://www.middlewoodhealthcare.org.uk/practice-merger

The Schoolhouse Surgery will be holding an informal drop in session in the practice on Monday 11th March at 6.30-7:30pm  where there will be a member of practice staff available to answer any questions in relation to the practice merging with the, Bollington Medical Centre, Priorslegh Medical Centre and McIlvride Practices

 

 The new Physiotherapy self-referral form is now available on the CCG website. Any patient wishing to self refer please go to

 https://physio.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk

Feeling under the weather this winter? Then click the link below for lots of great advice on taking care of yourself and choosing the right NHS service if self-care isn’t the answer.

 https://www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/Urgent-Care-And-Other-Options.htm

 

From 1st October 2018 The Schoolhouse Surgery is offering appointments under the Improved Access Scheme. Some appointments are available. Please contact the surgery for further information or click on this link http://www.vernovahealthcare.org/nhs-services/improved-access-general-practice/

Please note - in line with updated guidelines - please allow up to 72 hours for repeat prescriptions to be processed. We will always endeavour to process prescriptions in a timely manner.

Please do not request prescriptions earlier than 10 days before the repeat is due as these will not be processed and may be rejected unless a valid reason is given

Non NHS Fees

The Schoolhouse Surgery

Non NHS Fees ( effective from 1st July 2014 )

Below is a list of services which we provide for our patients alongside regular NHS and medical services. Since these are in addition to NHS provision, they are all chargeable at the rates shown below :

Service                                                                                                                   Price

BUPA/PPP Form/All private insurance                                                               £40

Adoption/Fostering/Guardianship/Ofsted                                                          £82.21  

Employment Medical Report & Examination                                                      £125 

Employment Medical Report & Opinion                                                              £95

Employment Medical Examination Only                                                             £50

Fitness to Drive with Medical                                                                              £100       

Fitness to Travel Letter                                                                                       £35  

Fitness to Exercise Letter                                                                                   £20 

Holiday Cancellation Form                                                                                 £35

Insurance Claim for Sickness/Accident/Mortgage Protection                             £40

Employment Medical ( HGV/PSV/Taxi )                                                             £95

Failure to attend an Employment Medical                                                          £25

Private Prescription                                                                                            £12

Private Sick Note                                                                                                £12

To whom it may concern                                                                           £10.00 - £50.00 

Detailed Written Report                                                                                      £100

Witness Driving Licence                                                                                     £25

Consultations following Accident (can be claimed back from

the insurance company )                                                                                    £25

Character Reference                                                                                          £25

Access to Records :

Computerized Records                                                                                      £10 - £35

Manual/Computerized Records                                                                         up to £50

Private Blood Tests                                                                                            £20 - £60

 

This list is not exhaustive. Additional requests may incur a fee.

 

Why do GPs sometimes charge fees?
Your questions answered

Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?

The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions: prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees; in other cases, it is because the service is not covered by the NHS.

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 - 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.

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

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

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

  • accident/sickness insurance certificates
  • certain travel vaccinations
  • private medical insurance reports

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:

  • medical reports for an insurance company
  • some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
  • examinations of local authority employees

 

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

The BMA suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested.



 

 

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.

I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?

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. 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.

What will I be charged?

The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up to the individual doctor to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees which many doctors use.

What can I do to help?

  • Not all documents need a signature by a doctor. You can ask another person in a position of trust to sign certain documents free of charge.
  • If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once and ask your GP if he or she is prepared to complete them all at once as a 'job lot' at a reduced price.
  • Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight: urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.

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