1 Durdells AvenueKinsonBournemouth, BH11 9EHTel: 01202 573947
NHS England are now able to automatically extract personally identifiable information about you from our computer system, using its powers under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. At the end of January 2014 all households in England will receive an information leaflet called "Better information means better care". Please read the leaflet carefully. If you have not received the leaflet you can read it here.
If you do not want your details to be extracted, complete one of the opt out forms which can be obtained from Reception or downloaded from the Care Data page. Please note Patients who have opted out of the Summary Care Record (SCR) will still need to complete an opt out form.
We hold Health Promotion Clinics for Chronic Diseases such as Heart Conditions, Asthma, COPD and Diabetic clinics. Appointments should be made at reception.
If you do not attend the surgery very often, we suggest you make an appointment with our Practice Nurse for a Well Person check.
You would have a check of your blood pressure, height and weight, and family history, and have a urine test for diabetes. Women are offered a smear test. Cholesterol tests are available. All this is free of charge and only takes a few minutes.
Both doctors and Community Midwives undertake antenatal care. This may be at at the Surgery or at a Community Clinic.
This is "shared" with the obstetric services of either St. Mary's Maternity Unit, Poole Hospital or the Maternity Unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Patients are usually seen by one of the Doctors or the Community Midwife every four weeks during pregnancy.
We strongly urge all women aged 25 to 65 years to have a regular cervical smear which can detect, treat and cure the early stages of cervical cancer.
The Practice offers a comprehensive cervical smear screening service, and all women in the above age group will automatically be invited every three or five years.
The smears are normally undertaken by the Practice Nurse by appointment. (Please ask for a 20 minute appointment)
We are happy to look at minor injuries and advise if a referral to the Casualty (Accident & Emergency) Department is necessary.
Our nearest Hospitals are at Bournemouth or Poole.
Many injuries are treated in the surgery, but we do not have X-Ray facilities therefore if a bone is obviously broken and first aid has been administered, go straight to the hospital.
It is important that your child is properly immunised against the following serious illnesses: Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hib, Men C, Men B and Rotavirus.
The Practice runs a comprehensive infant and pre-school immunisation programme, in liaison with the Health Visitor.
Parents are automatically informed when their child is due for their next injection. These are usually given by the Practice Nurse.
Please note that unless there is a valid medical reason, we expect that all children should have the complete course of recommended immunisations.
It is strongly recommended that all women planning to become pregnant should have their immunity to German Measles (Rubella) checked and, if necessary, the immunisation can then be given. For pregnant women from 28-32weeks should receive Whooping Cough Vaccination and during the Flu Season the Influenza Vaccination.
Shingles vaccination currently for 70 year olds and 78 and 79 year olds are being offered by invite only.
MenACWY is being offered to 17 and 18 year olds and university first timers. Again this is by invite.
The Practice provides a full range of immunisations and advice on travel abroad.
Please complete a Travel Questionnaire Form and hand in to Reception, this form will be passed to our Practice Nurse and we will call to advise you of any vaccinations needed and book you an appointment. Preferably give yourself plenty of time (at least 6 weeks) to have them before you go!
For further information please see the Travel Information page
We particularly recommend this for patients with heart, chest or kidney disease, diabetes and other chronic disease and carers.
It is also recommended for elderly people and for residents of nursing and rest homes.
Please contact the reception staff in late September for details of the dates of our flu vaccination clinics.
Confidential advice is available from the Doctors and Practice Nurse.
Please telephone after 2pm to obtain the results of tests.
The number of forms Doctors are being asked to complete is growing rapidly. In some cases someone other than a Doctor can sign the form for you.
The Doctor is only allowed to sign a passport application if he has known you personally for two years.
Private Medical Insurance claim forms can be signed by your specialist.
Certificates for school should be signed by a parent.
Certificates for sickness for periods of less than a week should usually be signed by the patient themselves using form SC2. A medical certificate is not normally required.
Holiday cancellation insurance does not need a Doctors letter - it needs an official claim form obtainable from your insurers (A Doctor usually does need to fill part of it in).
If a Doctor is asked to do any of the above, we will gladly comply - but will charge a fee.
Examinations for Life Insurance companies will also need a special appointment. The fee in this case is usually payable by the Life Insurance Company concerned.
Medical examinations for HGV and PSV Licences and for pre employment are not paid for by the NHS.
Some insurance forms such as the certificates for Elderly Drivers Insurance appear deceptively simple, but need a full medical examination for their completion.
Examinations of this nature take time and therefore a fee has to be charged.
A special appointment will be required and the fee is payable by the patient at the time of the examination.
This page lists some of our Fees for Non-NHS Services, It is for guidance only and costs may change without notice.
Driving Taxi Report/LGV/PCV £80.00
Shot Gun licence £85.00
Fitness to attend School/Uni Certificate full medical and report £42.00
Fitness to Travel certificate with examination £45.00
Patient Report no examination £55.00 - £85.00
Off stead forms childminders £35.00
Fitness to attend School/Uni Certificate no examination £24.00
Fitness to Travel certificate no examination £20.00
Private Certificates £12.00 - £35.00
Holiday Cancellation Forms (depending on size) £12.00 - £50.00
Certificate of incapacity insurance form for employment £26.00 - £55.00
To Whom It May Concern letters From £17.50
(Patient must be known to GP)
Passport signature £15.00
Driving Licence Signature £10.00
A course of vaccinations £47.00 per dose £94.00 course of 2 £140.00 course of 3
Computerised Records (no copies required) £10.00Paper Based Records (no copies required) £10.00
Where a copy of any part of a record (computer or paper based) is required an Access Fee of £ 10.00 is payable, in addition, the copy charge fee is payable.
Copying Charge - dependant on the size of the records up to a charge of £40.00 plus the access fee as stated above.
WE MAY ACCEPT OTHER FORMS AND REPORTS NOT LISTED ABOVE. THE FEE WILL BE DECIDED AFTER WE HAVE ASCERTAINED THE AMOUNT OF WORK INVOLVED.
PLEASE SPEAK TO RECEPTION FOR DETAILS.
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, providing copies of health records or producing medical reports for insurance companies.
It is important to understand that many 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 covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs.
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 to them is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their own NHS patients are:
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
With certain limited exceptions, for example a GP confirming that one of their patients is not fit for jury service, GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients. Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms, for example for insurance purposes, they are not required to do such non-NHS work.
The BMA suggests fees that GPs may charge their patients for non-NHS work (ie work not covered under their contract with the NHS) in order to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, the fees suggested by the BMA are intended for guidance only; they are not recommendations and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates we suggest.
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 and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.
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.
The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and what the fee will be. It is up to individual doctors to decide how much they will charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees which many doctors use. Surgeries often have lists of fees on the waiting room wall based on these suggested fees.
Not all documents need a signature by a doctor, for example passport applications.You can ask another person in a position of trust to sign such documents free of charge.
If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once and ask your GP if he or she is prepared to complete them at the same time to speed up the process.
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.
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