Should my firearms medical be done by a GP who knows me?

April 16 2021   |   News

Are you one of the many people who think that only your own NHS GP can carry out medical certification in support of your firearms or shotgun licence application? Well, that’s not the case!

If you are applying for a licence for the first time or need to renew your firearms or shotgun licence you must check whether you need a medical and this depends on the police area you live in.

A matter of procedure

Not all police forces require medical certification – yet –  but at the time of writing (April 2021) those who do are: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley and West Mercia. We also strongly recommend getting a medical if you live within the Greater Manchester Police area.

If you live in one of these areas you must seek medical certification from a GP to support your application – but it doesn’t need to be completed by your own GP and FirearmsMedicals can provide a high quality service . . . and more quickly!

On the face of it this may seem odd as it is your GP who has your records, knows you better than any other doctor and would appear the logical choice, but this can be problematic as:

  • An increasing number of NHS GPs do not offer a shotgun or firearms medical verification service
  • If your GP surgery does provide the service, there is often a long wait as GP surgeries do not deem shotgun and firearm medicals as a critical service – a situation which has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The service is classed as ‘non NHS’ and therefore often warrants an eye watering fee.

The ideal alternative

There is no requirement for the doctor carrying out your medical to know you personally. You will provide us with consent for us to request your full medical records from your GP surgery – a legal requirement that your GP surgery must comply with. This information will then allow us to complete your medical record verification.

Our team at the Ryminster Group has built up a wealth of experience in offering private medical services. Our fully-qualified and indemnified GP and medical review team includes a number of GPs led by Dr Grant Charlesworth-Jones, an avid shooting enthusiast and long-standing member of BASC, on our panel who are able to assist with your medical verification.

FirearmsMedicals provides medical reports for those applying for UK firearms and shotgun certificates, ensuring a quick turnaround in terms of licences – for both existing and new licence holders. For more information and to apply for your medical, visit