If you would like to request a medical report, please use this form.
This form is can be used by patients aged 13+ acting on their own behalf, children aged 12 or under should have the form filled out by someone with parental responsibility.
If you have a form the GP needs to complete, if you can also drop that into to us.
Please note most medical reports are outside the contract we have with the NHS, so are counted at Private work where a fee is payable.
Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?
The NHS 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 because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, providing copies of health records or producing medical reports for insurance companies, and certain travel vaccinations.
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
GPs are not employed by the NHS; GP practices are independent businesses that are contracted to provide specific medical services by the NHS and other organisations such as county councils, and therefore have to cover their costs in the same way as any other small business – staff, buildings, heating etc. The NHS pays the Practice for NHS work only.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
A GP’s NHS work must take priority. Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of their patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
Because of this most reports can take up to 28 working days to complete.
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, the doctor might have to check the patient’s entire medical records.
Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council (the doctors’ regulatory body) or even the Police.
What if I change my mind?
If a report has been requested by you or a 3rd party on your behalf (e.g. Insurance) and you decide you no longer wish to proceed after the GP has started to complete it, then you (or the 3rd party) remain liable for the cost as published.