If you have private health cover or are willing to pay for a private consultation we can send your referral to a private hospital of your choice. In order for this to occur, you need to contact the private hospital yourself and book the appointment with the consultant of your choice. You will also need to check with your private health cover that the consultant of your choice is approved by your private health care policy.
Please then advise us of the name of the consultant, the name of the hospital and fax number and we will fax your referral letter directly to them.
Please contact Michelle Fisher on 016974 78254 before 1 pm on a working day with these details.
In most cases you will be seen sooner privately but will pay for an initial consultation and anything else thereafter. It is important that you check the fees before agreeing to the consultation.
Consultants do not normally see new patients privately without a referral from their GP.
GPs asked to refer patients for private health care will provide a referral letter in a timely manner. However patients should note that the urgency with which the referral is made is according to medical need only.
It is not the practice policy to recommend particular hospitals or consultants and patients should research this carefully prior to making their choice. A list of local private hospitals is given below.
Cost of Private Health Care
In the same way that patients have rights and responsibilities when using the NHS, they also have privileges and consequences attached to receiving private health care.
The most obvious consequence of receiving private health care is the cost attached which may be considerable. The costs do not simply cover the doctor’s time but the whole infrastructure supporting the private health service including the provision of staff premises and any investigations or procedures undertaken. Patients are advised to seek full information on all potential costs prior to the start of treatment.
Prescribing for Patients Receiving Private Treatment
Patients choosing to use private health care are expected to bear the costs of ongoing medication associated with this health care. This cost may be considerable and is not always covered by private health care insurance.
Returning to NHS Care
Patients who use private health care are entitled to withdraw from this care at any stage and return to NHS treatment. The fact that they have been treated privately in the past will neither advantage nor disadvantage any patient in their receipt of NHS care.
Patients should bear in mind that the level of treatment provided privately may not be provided on the NHS
Please Click Here for details of local private hospitals.