Request a letter from the GP
You may require a doctor’s letter for various reasons including:
- Fitness to travel
- Confirmation of medical conditions inc medication currently taking
- PIP applications
- Housing support
How long will it take?
Due to a high level of demand, we have a substantial backlog of non-NHS work.
Our NHS work has to be prioritised, therefore please be advised that all non-NHS work may take several weeks / months to complete, once your request has been submitted to the Practice.
When our Secretarial Team process your request, you will receive an invoice for chargeable work. Upon payment of the invoice, the Practice has 31 days to complete your request.
Thank you for your patience.
You may wish to sign up for the NHS App where you can view your medical records from your smartphone. This may be suffice for your request and therefore do not need a letter.
How much will it cost & why?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge but there are exceptions such as prescription charges and NHS dental fees. The NHS does not provide 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.
GPs are not employed by the NHS. The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs. As the doctors are self-employed, their costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting, printing, paper etc. – must be covered in the same way as any small business.
Private fee information can be found HERE.
I only need the doctor’s signature – why do I have to wait?
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 therefore, the doctor might have 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 (the doctors’ regulatory body) or even the police.
How do I make my request?
Please complete an Admin eConsult form and include as much detail and information regarding your request, as possible.
Alternatively, please call the Reception Team on 01228 588121 who will endeavour to help you with your request.
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