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315 Sheldon Heath RoadSheldonBirmingham, B26 2TYTel: 0121 7432626
Downsfield Medical Centre is still here for you, but how you access our services has changed due to COVID-19. If you are feeling unwell or if you have any health symptoms that you are worried about, please call us to make an appointment on 0121 743 2626. We are open and fully operational, but we can no longer see walk-in patients without an appointment. For more information visit: https://www.birminghamandsolihullccg.nhs.uk/your-health
In addition to GP consultations the practice adheres to the General Medical Services Contract for the provision of healthcare services:
Please see below for the areas you are able to book in for and who you should book an appointment with.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
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.
Private fees and charges
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are some 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 isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance, other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records and some vaccinations.
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 services the Practice needs to charge a fee to cover the doctor’s costs.
The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, 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 be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
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 with the majority of GP’s working 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.
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.
Fees for services not provided under the NHS
The services shown are not provided under National Health Service contracts and so the following fees will be charged by the Practice. If you have any questions relating to these fees, please address them to your Doctor or the Practice Manager before requesting the service.
Access to Medical Records (Patient)
£0.50 per sheet (copy) Min £10
Patient On-line Access - Free
Private Sick Note – Simple and no opinion
Private Sick Report – Complex and no opinion
Private Sick Report – Detailed report & opinion
Photo Copying of Medical Notes (Private Company)
To Whom It May Concern Letter (GP opinion)
(including Cambridge diet forms and water sure scheme)
Blue Badge Appeal (disabled parking)
DNA Test – private
Fostering & Adoption – Medical & Report
Assessment of Capacity
Power of attorney
Carers Care Break
Employment, Pre-Employment Medical and Report
£240.00 (inc VAT)
Employment, Pre-Employment Report (No Examination)
£150.00 (inc VAT)
Simple Certificate – no opinion
Complex report or extract from Medical Records – no opinion
Medical Assessment Reports (no medical)
Full Medical Examination with Report. Includes (but is not limited to) HGV, Pilot, Employment Medicals and council reports.
Hackney Carriage/ DVLA
Fitness to Travel
£25.00 (inc VAT)
Fitness to Travel Statement with Medical
Cancellation of Holiday Claim Form
£42.00 (inc VAT)
Temporary Residents Not Eligible for NHS treatment
Private Consultation (20 minutes)
Private Prescription (per item)
Other services and fees maybe available on request. We do not offer a passport photo signature service due to issues with data protection.
Combined Hepatitis A & B Vaccination
See individual vaccines.
Combined Hepatitis A & Typhoid Vaccination
Combined Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio Vaccination
Hepatitis A Vaccination
Hepatitis B Vaccination
£40 per dose (£120 in total)
Influenza Vaccination (for non-qualifying patients)
£20 per dose
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination
£85 per dose (£170 in total)
Prescription charges e.g. Malaria Tablets. There is no charge to children under the age of 16
Meningitis ACWY Vaccination including certificate
£50 per dose
£75 per dose (£225 in total)
Tick Borne Encephalitis Vaccination
£65 per dose (£195 in total)
We would like to know how we can improve our service to you and how you perceive our surgery and staff.
To help us with this, we are setting up a virtual patient representation group so that you can have your say. We will ask the members of this representative group some questions from time to time, such as what you think about our opening times or the quality of the care or service you received. We will contact you via email and keep our surveys succinct so it shouldn’t take too much of your time.
We aim to gather around a hundred patients from as broad a spectrum as possible to get a truly representative sample. We need young people, workers, retirees, people with long term conditions and people from non-British ethnic groups.
If you are happy for us to contact you occasionally by email please click the link below to open the sign-up form and complete all the fields.
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