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February 2018 Self Care

From the 19th of February, the Practice will be adopting the West Leicestershire CCG's Self Care campaign.

The CCG thinks that the NHS belongs to everybody and that resources need to be used wisely and the results of their recent review show that most patients feel the same way.  Therefore GPs in West Leicestershire are being asked to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas. Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead.  We are also asking patients not to request these items on their prescription.

The review also revealed that many people already feel that their community pharmacist is their first point of contact.  They support them with a range of ailments and they prefer to talk to them about minor conditions saving GP appointment time for more urgent problems.

Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise you regarding suitable treatments for common ailments.  The pharmacist will check the medicine is appropriate for you and your health problem. They will ask questions to ensure there is no reason why you should not use the medicine.

Asking people to self-care in this way, and we know that most people already do, is a fair way of utilising resources wisely as most of these items can be purchased in pharmacies and supermarkets at a low cost, but cost the NHS more to provide on a prescription.  It will also free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs.

However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist please call our patient services team for help or 111. 

NonNHS Reports/Medicals

It is not necessary to make an appointment with the doctor if you require a doctor to sign a form, complete a claim form or provide a certificate.  Simply hand the form to a receptionist together with your payment who will pass your form to a doctor for completion.

Practice Fees and Charges January 2017

Jan 2017


·            To Whom It May Concern – letter written on headed paper for the benefit of the patient including a report or statement




·            Standard report – eGPR Clinical system generated report


·            Standard report with medical examination


·            Supplementary questions/ additional questionnaire received with initial request


·            Letter providing further clarification to original report


SOLICITORS – must be made in writing by solicitor with patient’s consent


·            Standard report


·            Letter providing further clarification to original report


·            Power of attorney (if patient attends surgery)


·            Power of attorney (if patient requires home visit)


EMPLOYERS – must be made in writing by employer with patient’s consent


·            Medical report (up to 1 page) e.g. details of sickness


·            Pension medical (includes urine test) - medical examination


·            Pre-employment medical (includes urine test) - medical examination


·            Fitness to return to work/ employee medical


·            Food Handler Medical report




Insurance Claims for Sickness/ Accident/ Holiday Cancellation/ Camp America


Duplicate forms handed in at the same time

£10 each

Access to Medical Records under Data Protection Act


Copy of Medical Records under Data Protection Act


Private Prescription (for non-NHS items required for travel)


Private Sick Notes


Medical Certificate requiring only a doctor’s signature


Council Tax Discount Application (cannot charge for mentally impaired)


Council Travel Concessions


Photocopies of Results

50p per sheet



Letter for School/ College/ Fitness to Travel/ Medication for Travel/ Fitness to Exercise/ To Whom it May Concern


£20 under 16 yrs



LGV/ HGV/ PSV/ Elderly Driver’s Medical


Taxi Medical


Post Road Traffic Accident Medical


Private single consultation includes ‘overseas’ patients (up to 15 minutes)


Prescription Exemption Forms



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