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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.  The Practice GPs will not witness Power of Attorney forms and we would advise patients to have these countersiged by a Solictor. 




Orchard Medical Practice - Non NHS Fees 
Certificates of Fact  All £25
Private Sick Note (for longer than 7 days of illness  
Signing photo -  Driving Licence  
Holiday – Fitness to Travel form  
Health – Fitness to Exercise form  
Holiday Cancellation Certificate  
Private Letter e.g.  'To Whom It May Concern'  
 Freedom from infection e.g. for school, travel, employment  
Taxi/Bus pass forms   
Shotgun licence (additional £40 fee should a secondary request come in from Police Scotland)  
Soul and Conscience   
Note – there is no charge for exemption from Jury Duty letters. 
Insurance/Private Occupational Health Reports  
Targeted Report £40
General Practitioner/Medical Attendance Reports £100
Comprehensive Examination and Report £160
Solicitors Reports  
Copy of Medical Records via SARs Free of Charge*
Targeted Report £40
Medical Reports £100
Comprehensive Examination and Report £160
*Patients will be contacted if the request for information is excessive and the Solicitor is asking for information pre-dating and/or not relating to the accident/incident.  A replacement mandate should be provided should the patient wish to change their initial consent.  
Medical Examination   
Extract from Records £49
Pro-forma report (no examination) £85
Detailed Written Report (no examination) £110
Comprehensive Examination and Report  £160
DVLA Report without Examination £40
DVLA Full Medical with Examination £85
HGV Medical £160


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