Private GP service
Please note that our Private GP Service is not appropriate for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow the advice.
Prompt access to friendly and experienced private GPs at times to suit you.
You can see your choice of a male or female GP quickly and easily, at times to suit you. Whether you are looking for a short notice GP appointment, or just want more time to discuss your needs, we can help you feel better, fast.
GPs with access to state-of-the-art facilities and expert Consultants
At KIMS Hospital and Sevenoaks Medical Centre, we work with private GPs, who in turn work closely with our wider teams of Nurses, Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists and Consultants to provide you with a comprehensive service. Our private GP services include:
- £90 for a 20 minute consultation
- Choice of male or female GP
- Convenient appointment times to suit you
- Fast access to scans and tests
- Quick referrals to Consultants
- Private prescriptions
- Healthy prostate assessment for men over 40 years old
Please note that our Private GP Service is currently only available to adults, i.e. 18+ years of age.
You can access our private GP services at:
KIMS Hospital, Maidstone
Sevenoaks Medical Centre
Will coming to see a private GP affect my registration with my NHS GP?
Our private GP service is designed to complement the NHS GP system and allows you to see a GP at times to suit you when you can’t or would rather not see an NHS GP.
Will my consultation be confidential?
Yes, all consultations are confidential; we will only pass on important medical information to your GP with your permission.
How long is a consultation and how much will this cost me?
Appointments are 20 minutes in duration; however, we aim to allow plenty of time for you to discuss your symptoms and concerns with the GP. The cost for the private GP consultation is £90.
What can I talk to the private GP about?
We recommend only discussing one health issue per appointment. This is to allow you the maximum amount of time to fully discuss it with your GP so they can establish the best course of action for you and concentrate on helping you to feel better.
Do you provide a walk-in or emergency service?
All private GP appointments need to be booked in advance, but we can book short notice appointments on the day if there are still appointments available.
Is there anything that the private GP cannot see me for?
There are a number of issues that private GPs would not be able to see you for, these are detailed below.
A private GP at our facilities cannot see you for:
- Some workplace medicals or visa applications where the full medical history is needed to complete the assessment. If this is a service you require, please contact your NHS GP prior to the appointment to request a copy of your medical history and bring it with you
- Diagnosis or management of mental health conditions
- Controlled drugs
- 24 hour health cover of emergency medicine
- Repeat prescriptions, except where the GP at KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre has initiated the treatment
- Minor surgery
- Ongoing monitoring of long-term conditions where the NHS would be more appropriate
- Routinely using the service for sick notes for conditions that the GP has not been treating you for
- Applications for shot gun licences & firearms certificates
It is important to remember that GPs you see at our facilities are not a replacement for your normal NHS GP. We encourage our patients to share the details of the consultation with their own GP to make sure that medical records are as up to date as possible, with no missing information. Therefore, with your permission, following your appointment with one of the private GPs we will send a copy of the clinic letter to your NHS GP, ensuring they have a full record of your health.
How and when do I pay for my private GP appointment?
You will pay for your consultation at the time of booking your appointment. We accept payment by credit or debit card.
If you require a follow up consultation, the cost will also be £90. You can pay this at the reception desk when booking the appointment.
What if I need to have any scans or tests?
If you need any scans or tests, the private GP can refer you, and you can choose to have these at KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre. You will be made aware of prices and appointment availability during your appointment.
How long will I have to wait to book a scan or test?
Most blood tests can be taken on the day of the appointment. You may be asked to come back on the Monday if you have a Saturday appointment.
Most scans are available to be booked within one week of the appointment. The GP will complete a request form for you to take to the Imaging Department to find a suitable appointment.
How long will my results take and how will I get them?
Blood test results will normally take two working days to be processed. Scan reports can take between 5-10 days depending on the Radiologist and type of scan. Your GP will discuss with you how the results will be given, this may be via letter, telephone call or a follow up appointment. Please note that if a follow up appointment is booked this will have an additional cost of £90.
How and when do I pay for any scans or tests?
You will receive an invoice from us for any scans and tests that are done. To pay for this you can call our finance department on 01622 538110.
I have health insurance; can I get cover for my GP appointment?
Every insurance policy is different, and you’ll need to contact your health insurance provider to enquire if you have this cover in your policy. Even if the GP appointment is not covered, your insurance provider may cover you for any scans or tests required.
What happens if I need a private prescription?
Your GP can write you a private prescription, and our pharmacy teams will be happy to dispense your medication while you wait. If you need a repeat prescription, you will need to book another appointment to see the GP first.
What happens if I need to be referred to a Consultant?
GPs at KIMS Hospital and Sevenoaks Medical Centre work alongside expert Consultants to provide you with a seamless service. If you need a referral, the GP will provide a written referral letter and our enquiries team will contact you to book an appropriate appointment with a Consultant. Please note that these GPs can’t provide NHS referrals.
What if I need to cancel my private GP appointment?
You will not be charged a fee for cancelling an appointment but please let us know as soon as you can that you need to cancel.
Will the private GP have access to my NHS medical records?
Your NHS records are kept securely by your NHS GP practice, so your private GP at KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre will not have access to any of your NHS records. However, you are welcome to bring a physical copy of any relevant NHS documents you keep if you feel that it will be beneficial to your appointment with one of our private GPs.
Can the private GP refer me to a Consultant on an NHS Pathway after the consultation?
The private GP is unable to refer you directly into an NHS pathway. New NHS referrals are only able to be generated by your NHS GP, who can refer you to your chosen provider via the eRS System. The private GP is able to refer you directly to a specialist at KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre on a private basis. If you wish to proceed via an NHS Pathway, the private GP will write to your NHS GP detailing the results of any diagnostics undertaken at KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre, together with their recommendations.
- Make a general enquiry
- Appointment enquiry
Our team are on hand to help answer any queries you might have about coming to KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre. You can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Alternatively to speak to a member of our team, please call 01622 237 500.
If you would like to book an appointment, you can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch.
Alternatively to speak to a member of our team, please call 01622 237 500.
Please be aware, if you are requesting a diagnostic scan such as an MRI, or CT, you must have a referral from a relevant clinician or Allied Health professional such as a physiotherapist.