Guidance

Private provider requests for investigations under the NHS

Private provider requests for investigations under the NHS

We have seen an increasing number of requests from private providers to GPs asking for them to arrange investigations or tests for patients. If the GP is asked by a private provider to arrange investigations or tests, the results of which the GP would not be able to interpret and/or the GP does not feel clinically competent to manage the patient accordingly, then they should advise the patient and the provider that the services do not fall within NHS Primary medical services and to make alternative arrangements.

Download the GPC guidance here including a template response letter.

First Published
22 December 2021
Updated On
4 December 2023
Due to be Reviewed
22 December 2025
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