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Fees for emergency treatment for Road Traffic Accidents


S158(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988

Emergency treatment, medical or surgical treatment or examination that is immediately required as a result of bodily injury (including fatal injury) caused by, or arising out of, the use of a motor vehicle on a road.


Some injuries do not warrant a visit to an emergency department but do warrant the attention of the GP practice


The person driving the vehicle is responsible for meeting the doctor’s professional fee for themselves, their passengers or anyone injured by their vehicle.


All UK motor insurance policies cover such fees and payment of such fees does not constitute any admission of liability.

  • 1 working day.
  • Monday if the accident occurred on a Friday or weekend
  • Tuesday if accident occurred during a bank holiday


Fees for emergency treatment in a road traffic accident

£21.30 is to be paid when making the appointment with the GP


What is the process to recover my fee?

  • Either a verbal or written request should be made to the person who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.


  • This request must be served upon that person within seven days from when emergency treatment was given.


  • It must be signed by the claimant (doctor), stating his or her name and address, the circumstances in which emergency treatment was affected, and confirm that the claimant was the first person to give emergency assistance.


  • The request may be served by delivering it to the person using the vehicle or by recorded delivery to the usual or last known address.


  • If you can’t get the name and address of the person using the vehicle, contact the appropriate chief constable (in practice the ‘dealing police officer’).


  • The fees payable under the Act are recoverable by court proceedings as if they were a simple contract of debt due.