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Drs  Reed, Campbell, Ferguson and associates
Newton Port
East Lothian
EH41 3NF

Tel: 01620 825497


Open 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday








Why are fees charged?

The government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. However, in recent years more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a wide range of non NHS work. This work is not funded by the government, so GPs have to charge a fee to cover their time and other expenses.


Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?

It is important to understand that many GPs are not employed by the NHS. They are self-employed and they have to cover the costs of everything from the limited NHS funds provided - staff wages, buildings, heating, lighting, etc - in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers costs for NHS work, but not for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards keeping the surgery running.


Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
With certain limited exceptions, GPs do not have to carry our non-NHS work. Many GPs however will always attempt to assist their patients and carry out this work.

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

Time spent completing forms & preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of patients which will always have top priority. GPs have an ever increasing workload of forms which must be prioritised against offering appointments and other urgent administration. We aim to complete non-NHS work within two weeks of reciept.

I only need the GP's signature - what's the problem?
When a GP signs a certificate, completes a report or writes a letter it is a condition of remaining on the medical register (which allows them to practice as a doctor), that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor may have to check a patient's entire medical record.


Please be advised that a deposit of £10 will be charged before it is agreed to complete a form as we regularly have uncollected forms. This will be deducted from your final bill.  Please note that we can only carry out medical reports and examinations for patients who are registered with Orchard Medical Practice.


Certificates of Fact


a)  Private Sick Note (for longer than 7 days of illness)  


b)  Signing photo – Driving Licence


c)  Witnessing Passport Applications


d)  Holiday – Fitness to Travel Form


e)  Health – Fitness to Exercise Form


f)   Holiday Cancellation Certificate


g)  Private Letter e.g. “To Whom It May Concern”


h)  Freedom from Infection e.g. for school, travel, employment



Police - Firearm / Shotgun Certificate



Insurance Claim Form




Medical Record Access




a)  Photocopying

33p per sheet

b)  Postage & Packaging

per weight at

Post Office

c)  Maximum Fee




Medical Services for Local Authorities




Level 1 – Formal report following review of Medical Records

                Provided by GP where opinion is requested on patient


Level 2 -  Formal report following a physical medical

                examination of a Patient involving GP time up to one



Level 3 -  Attendance at a Case Conference involving GP time

                of more than one hour




Medical Examinations (e.g. HGV, PCV, Taxis)


a)  Extract from records


b)  Proforma Report – no examination


c)  Detailed Written Report – no examination


d)  Comprehensive examination and report


e)  Private Health Insurance Report


f)   DVLA Report without examination


g)  DVLA Full Medical with examination


h)  HGV


i)   Private Overseas Visitors - Consultation


j)   Private Overseas Visitors – Home Visit


Witnessing Power of Attorney


Travel Clinic Travel advice


Administration of travel vaccine alone (no advice)


Court Fees


Professional Witness where locum fees are not claimed

(Paid by Procurator Fiscal)


a)  Up to 2 hours


b)  Up to 4 hours


c)  Up to 6 hours


d)  More than 6 hours


e)  Soul & Conscience







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