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Anyone approaching or entering the surgery building must now wear a covering over their nose & mouth; whether it be to attend an appointment, collect a prescription, or to act as a chaperone.

Please do not arrive EARLY for your appointment.  In accordance with current social distancing guidelines, we are not permitting patients to wait inside the building. You may be asked to return to your vehicle and wait for your clinician to become available.  Please therefore be mindful of the weather conditions when setting out and come prepared.

We would like to thank you all for your understanding and support during these challenging times.  We continue to do our upmost to ensure we offer high standard healthcare in a manner that is safe for both patients and our dedicated staff. 

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CORONAVIRUS

Please see 'Latest News' in Quick Links or 'COVID 19' in the Further Information section on the right hand side of the screen.

Flu Vaccinations Autumn/Winter 2020

We are still busy booking appointments for flu vaccinations.

Due to Covid-19 we are running our flu clinics slightly differently this year, with enhanced safety measures and social distancing, to minimise the risk to both your health and ours.

Our second vaccine delivery for the over 65 age group arrived on 16th October, but we are not due to receive the vaccine for the Under 65 at risk group until the end of October at the earliest. We will continue dedicated vaccination clinics, primarily on Saturdays, throughout the autumn season.

All clinics will continue to be by appointment only, managed by a bookings team via a dedicated telephone line, separate to our main surgery number.  Please try to avoid contacting our reception team to book or enquire about a flu vaccination; bear in mind they are trying to deal with patients who require medical assistance and also they may not have access to the flu clinic appointment schedules.

We are experiencing a higher than usual demand for vaccinations this year and so we have tried to ensure that patients in the highest risk groups received an invite and were/will be vaccinated first.  We have sent invitations via email and/or text message to those eligible patients who have given us permission to do so.  For those who haven't, a letter has been sent via Royal Mail.

Those patients aged 50 to 64 included in the new extended flu vaccination programme will be contacted soon. We are not permitted to vaccinate anyone in this group until after 1st December and are still awaiting an allocation of vaccines from NHS England.  Please do not contact us to make enquiries if you are in this group, we will contact you as soon as stock is received.  Many thanks

Private Fees

Non NHS Services

For all Non NHS work, please contact the Administration team who will be more than happy to help. Please note that such work will require pre-payment: regrettably in the past some patients have failed to pay when the work was completed before payment.

Private Charges - Why do GPs 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, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms for referral for private care and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient's medical records.

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 pays the doctor for specific 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.

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

    • Certain travel vaccinations
    • Private medical insurance reports
    • Holiday cancellation claim forms
    • Referral for private care forms
    • Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient

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

            • Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
            • Medical reports for an insurance company
            • Examinations of local authority employees

            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/her patients.    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.  Therefore, in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs 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 practice to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees for the Doctors to use as a guideline.

            At Whiteparish Surgery we have a list of fees displayed at all our receptions, and they are also listed below.

            In the past we have completed reports and forms before payment has been made, but have sadly found there to be too many occasions when the doctor has given up the time to do the work, but the fee has not been forthcoming.  Therefore, the fee must be paid in advance at the time the request for the letter or form to be completed is made or when the appointment for a medical is booked.       

            THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS

            What can I do to help?

            Not all documents need signature by a doctor.  For example, you could ask another person in a position of trust, who may be willing to sign a passport application free of charge.  (Teacher, Accountant, etc).

            You can complete the form to the best of your ability in pencil, so the doctor just has to quickly verify your entries against the information we hold.

            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.

            Please click on the link below to find our current charges -

            Whiteparish Surgery Private Fees November 2018

             

             



             
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