Requesting a letter from your GP

Patients request letters from their GP for a number of reasons and our doctors are frequently asked to provide private or ‘To Whom it May Concern’ letters or reports for third parties. The usual fee for a standard letter is £20. Although more complicated letters or reports may attract a higher fee.

Why is there a charge?

The cost of these letters and reports are not covered by the NHS. They are completed during the GP’s own time and as such there is a fee payable. All letters require the doctor to take time to review a patient’s medical records to ensure that the information provided is correct, then the doctor has to dictate the letter, and finally the admin team has to type and print it.

Timescales

Private letters and reports do not take priority over NHS work. Please allow up to 28 days for any requests to be fulfilled. In genuinely urgent cases, we will do our best to meet your deadline; however, we cannot promise this.

Content

We will not accept requests for ‘the doctor must write these exact words’. The GP will write what they know, supported by your medical record. Both the letter and the opinion they produce is final and you cannot request changes to be made. The GP has the right to refuse your request or provide alternative wording if they feel it is necessary.

If you insist on the GP changing your letter to suit what you think it should say, or if you want to dictate the contents, we will withdraw our offer to write the letter. Please remember, the doctor is not obliged to write a letter for you at all, as this is not an NHS requirement.

Appropriate requests

We will try our best to help you, here are a few examples of suitable and non-suitable requests

Examples of appropriate requests:

  • Fitness to travel or if you are having to cancel a holiday
  • Confirmation of medical conditions and / or medication
  • Letters for mitigating circumstances, school, universities, employers or courts, etc.
  • Letters to the Council/housing requirements

Examples of requests we cannot fulfil

  • Confirmation of address, ID or residence (we have no way to verify this)
  • Countersigning passport applications
  • Letters stating something that is not supported by your medical record

Are you requesting a letter to support your benefit claim?

If you are requesting a letter to support your benefit claim, you may stand a better chance of success following the guidance given on the website below rather than by submitting a GP letter – appeals succeed based on comprehensive evidence. If more information is required regarding your health / medical conditions, the organisation who you have applied for benefits from will write to us directly asking us specific questions they have.

You may find this website useful: https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/

Requesting a letter

Requests for letters must be put in writing and you must state clearly:

a) the reason for the letter

b) to whom it should be addressed

You can contact reception and ask for a link sending to you via text message or you can email your request to us lenoccg.woodhousemedicalpractice@nhs.net

Please note if you are emailing your request to us, you must include your full name, date of birth and address.