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May-17: 341 people failed to attend their GP/nurse appointment!  This is equal to 56 hours of wasted appointments!  

With increased demand for GP and nursing services and very little extra funding to facilitate this rise, reducing the DNA (did not attend) rate could make a significant difference to appointment availability.  PLEASE...if you cannot make your appointment, let us know ASAP so we can offer it to someone else.

Certificates and private letters for third party organisations and schools are not covered under NHS funding, therefore a fee will be applicable for the completion of such documents.

We can only do these for our registered patients. 

In the first instance, you will need to bring your form into the medical centre so the receptionist/secretary can you advise you of the correct fee - which has to be paid in advance.

Certificates and medical reports take approximately 2-3 weeks for completion from the date of payment. 

If you have a query with your request then please telephone the doctors' secretaries on 01603 251601. Otherwise we will contact you when it is ready.  Please ensure we have up-to-date contact details for you.

Examples of medical reports/certificates/forms for which a fee is payable

Cancellations of holidaysCertificates for:
Disability StatusAir Travel
Health Professions Council Forms (HPC)Charity Events
Insurance MedicalsEducation Departments
PassportsEmbassies
Pre Drug Trial Health QuestionnairesEmployers outside UEA
Pre Employment Health StatusHousing Departments
Private Healthcare InsuranceMarathon Organisers
Sporting Activity MedicalsSchools/Universities outside UEA

Please note - this is not an exhaustive list

There is no fee for UEA Medical Certificates that we send to the university. (Click on UEA Medical Certificates tab for details)

What further information should I provide?

Please provide an official proforma if available. If not, it is helpful for the doctor to have some background information so that an appropriate report can be prepared. The following information is useful in this case:

 

  • Who the report is for
  • An itinerary 
  • A job description
  • A description of activities planned

Frequently asked questions:

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 or her patients.  Most GPs have a very heavy workload.We always ensure the clinical needs of patients takes priority.

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, 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.

Why do I need a Medical Examination?

Some forms require the doctor to state that you are fit to perform certain activities.  Without assessing you at the time it is not always possible to confirm this.  Some forms will state that a medical examination is not necessary and that information from your medical records is sufficient– check with whoever is requesting the form if in doubt.

 


Further information

The British Medical Association (BMA) provides more info on why GPs charge for some services – see https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/fees/why-gps-charge-fees 

 
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