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PLEASE NOTE

You may have heard via News/social media that there have been changes to Covid-19 Sheilding Guidance. This only applies to England. There are no changes in Scotland at present.

In addition to this, the blood tests that are being offered re anti-bodies, are also only applicable in England. 

New Registrations

In a further bid to minimise the amount of people attending the practice, any new patients wishing to register, please download registration forms from our website and post this to us, along with a copy of your proof of address. Alternatively you can now email these documents (or any other documents which have been requested by the surgery) to:

 gg-uhb.gp87112clinical@nhs.net

This option will only be in place during the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic and providing you reside within the PA7 post code area.

For patients moving from Erskine or Inchinnan, you are asked to remain at your current practice until the pandemic has resolved.


CORONAVIRUS

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE A COUGH,SORE THROAT, FEVER OR ANY OTHER SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS.

Please note the following changes due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus

  •       To reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission we would now ask that requests are      made via our online prescriptions service or our telephone prescription service.
  •       We will now be sending all prescriptions directly to your chosen pharmacy,      or bishopton pharmacy where no option has been selected. 
  • Bishopton Pharmacy are operating temporary working hours as follows: Monday - Friday 9.30-5.30pm and Saturday 9-1pm.
  • Please allow 3-4 days when ordering Prescriptions rather than 48 hours. Increased demand and current pressures are causing delays unfortunately.
  • The surgery are unable to provide sick notes for self isolation due to Coronavirus. A letter to employers for those patients who are self isolating as per Government guidelines can be found here - https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note .

 
 

 We are pleased to announce the launch of our Facebook page where you will be able to view updates about the practice as they occur.

Please click this link -corona virus- or check the "latest news" tab for info on Corona Virus.

 


 

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Why do GP’s charge fees?

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The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. 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 isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance 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 GP’s 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 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, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment. In recent years, however, 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 ensure that information provided is true and accurate.

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

  • accident/sickness certificates for insurance purposes.
  • reports for health clubs to certify that patients are fit to exercise.
  • pre-employment medicals, as requested by employers.
  • Holiday cancellation froms.
  • Letters requested by or on behalf of the patient

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

  • life assurance and income protection reports for insurance companies.
  • reports for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in connection with disability living allowance and attendance allowance.
  • medical reports for local authorities in connection with adoption and fostering.

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. Most GP’s have a very heavy workload- the majority of GP’s work up to 60 hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted 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 record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.

When do I pay?

In most cases you will be asked to pay at the time of collection but we may ask for payment in advance. In the event you fail collect the item requested you will still be liable for the fee due to the GP and administration time involved. The practice can accept cash/ cheque or if requested we can provide bank transfer details

The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.

Please see the practice current fees list below (fees for patients). Fees for insurance companies may vary.

PATIENT REQUESTS

Short letter – Camp America, fit to fly, character reference, holiday cancellation

£30.00

Private Script within EU

£10.00

Private Script out with EU (+ Consultation fee)

£20.00

10 minute consultation

£39.00

Holiday cancellation – detailed letter

                             -  complicated (examination required)

£30.50 

£61.00

HGV Medical

£90.00

Power Of Attorney Forms

£51.50

DATA PROTECTION / RECORDS ACCESS

 

Viewing medical record

£10.00

Computerised only (patient requesting medical records)

£10.00

Medical records – record extract with GP check

up to £50.00

 INSURANCE 

 

 Patient fails to attend examination (consultation charge)

 £39.00

 Patient letter to insurance company e.g. in support of claim

 £30.00

The above list is not exhaustive and subject to change without notice.

 
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