Bristol Private GP Services
At Beard Medical Practice, we strive to deliver the personal service you need for your health. Our recommended appointments are three times longer than those with an NHS GP, so you have the time you need with your own doctor. This means we can listen, address your concerns and provide you with an individual treatment plan specific to your needs.
Our services include:
Private GP consultations
Management of short-term illness and long-term chronic disease
Stress, anxiety and depression management
Referrals to private consultants/specialists
Blood tests for a wide range of conditions
Heart tests (ECGs)
Investigations, imaging and scans
Certificates and Medicals
Men’s health assessments
Women’s health assessments
Pre-employment and work medicals
Zika Virus Testing
Prostate screening and PSA testing
Health, Wellbeing and Executive screening
Nutritional screening and advice
Thyroid screening and alternative thyroid patterns
Gluten intolerance testing
Cancer markers and assessment
Fertility and Pregnancy advice
Health MOT/Wellness Medicals
Fitness testing and lifestyle advice
Vitamin screening and assessments
Vitamin B12 injections
Screening for mental and physical health issues
Sexual health screening (STD checks)
Frequently asked questions
Is there any charge for registration with the Beard Medical Practice private GP service? Registration is free and all we ask is that you bring photo id and a bill/letter with your address. The registration process takes just a few minutes at our reception.
What can a private GP at the Beard Medical Practice offer me?
Our private GPs provide similar services to an NHS surgery; however, our recommended appointments are three times longer than those with an NHS GP. There is also the option of an extended appointment, if you need more time with the doctor.
How quickly can I get a private GP appointment?
We aim to provide appointments within 24 hours of contacting us, usually on the same day. There are also flexible appointments available, if you wish to book in advance.
Why should I see the doctors at the Beard Medical Practice?
Most GPs have a GP qualification, with perhaps one or two specialist qualifications.
Dr Henry Beard and Dr John Beard have nine specialist medical qualifications between them, ensuring they are more than qualified to assist you with any health problem.
With a private GP, is it possible to see the same doctor every time?
Yes, at the Beard Medical Practice, our private GPs are proud to offer continuity of care. This means you can nearly always be seen by the same doctor.
Can I discuss several problems in one appointment?
We offer appointments that are longer than in the NHS, so you shouldn't feel rushed or hurried with the doctor. If however, you wish to discuss several problems, we would always recommend you book an extended appointment. This is to ensure we can cover all problems thoroughly, without compromising the quality of your care.
If I use a private GP, do I remain registered with my NHS GP practice?
Yes, the Beard Medical Practice works alongside your NHS practice. With your consent, we update your own GP with relevant information about your care. If you do not wish us to share information with your NHS practice, we will respect your wishes.
Do you need my NHS GP records?
GP records are not necessary; however, we would request that all new patients complete the health questionnaire and patient registration form prior to their first consultation.
What if I need an interpreter to see a private GP?
We welcome all patients, including those who do not speak English or those who require sign language. If you are using an interpreter, we do request you book an extended appointment. This is to ensure we can thoroughly assess you without compromising the quality of your care.
Can Beard Medical Practice provide an interpreter?
If you require an interpreter, we can organise this for you, although we would request you notify us in advance. There may be an additional fee for the service, in addition to the extended appointment charge.
What about private GP prescriptions?
We can issue private prescriptions if a medication is indicated. Private GP prescriptions do not qualify for the NHS fee (or NHS free) prescriptions.
I have a private health policy, will it cover any visits to a private GP?
You will need to check with your own insurers to see whether or not it includes GP consultations. However, we will provide you with a receipt or invoice which will allow you to claim the cost back (if your policy allows).
What is the procedure for making a complaint?
If you are unhappy with any aspect of our service, we would like to know about it. We request that all formal complaints are put in writing. Please see our complaints page for details.