Unfortunately, an increasing number of forces have imposed a mandatory medical verification for anyone applying for or renewing a shotgun or firearms licence, despite many NHS GPs not providing medicals as they are not contractually obliged to offer the service. A number of other police forces require the same medical if you disclose a medical condition on your application, or your GP notifies your firearms licensing officer of a medical condition.
The following police forces require a mandatory medical to our knowledge (your police force will confirm):
It is expected that soon all UK police forces will require a medical verification for shotgun and firearms certificate holders and applicants.
Our service was founded to assist BASC (British Association of Shooting and Conservation) members but our GPs provide reports for all firearms and shotgun licence holders and applicants.
FirearmsMedicals is very well placed to assist you in your medical verification. Our service was founded in 2021 however FirearmsMedicals is part of the Ryminster Group which comprises of a number of established healthcare businesses in the UK. Across our businesses we have a panel of 200 doctors seeing 6000+ patients a month for various healthcare requirements.
Using only trusted medical experts who have worked with us for many years, we have developed a more specific panel of GPs dedicated to providing firearms and shotgun medical verification with a reliable, fast turnaround keeping your application/renewal time to a minimum.
FirearmsMedicals quickly became a vital service to firearms and shotgun certificate holders due to the number of NHS GPs refusing to complete medical verification either on the grounds of conscientious objection, or because they do not see firearms medical verification as a service they should prioritise, a choice they have as it is deemed a ‘non NHS’ service.
There are three ways to apply for your medical report through FirearmsMedicals:
Apply Online- this is our preferred option as it allows you to upload your medical form and medical records request letter, and make payment, all through our online portal.
Email- If you cannot apply online, you can email our team with the attached consent form. We also need a medical records request letter and your medical proforma from your police force. Please note we take payment at the point of referral.
By post- If you cannot apply online or by email, you can post your consent form, medical records request letter and medical proforma, to our head office, and we will contact you by phone for payment:
Building 1, Charlesworth Court
The medical verification process is very straightforward, simply complete our online referral form. We request your medical records from your GP, complete your report and send it straight to you or your firearms officer.
Our average turnaround time for completing the report is 3 days (once we’ve received your medical records) but is often the same day due to our extensive network of Doctors, but we advise completing our referral form with plenty of notice as your GP surgery can take up to 30 days to provide your medical records to us.
We send your medical verification report back to you or directly to the firearms officer depending on the force area.