No you don't have to continue as a private patient. DD2 is seeing a dermatologist privately at the moment. After the initial consultation we had the option of continuing to see him privately or joining the queue for the NHS for the treatment.
Yes, definitely - we saw a Paediatrician for DD for gross motor skill delay and she recommended that we went back into the NHS as they are better geared towards getting schools involved with any treatment.
If you know who you want to see, you can usually contact the hospital that they practise from and ask them to give you a cost. I think our paed consultation was £250, but my Gynae charges £150 - £165, so costs can vary.
I did this with a dermatologist, my GP wouldn't refer me on the NHS as my condition wasn't considered serious enough, I saw the consultant once privately and he transferred me to his NHS list thereafter.
Very different consultations though, private = 45 minutes in very lavish office with plenty of time to talk through everything including chat about my job which was in a related field. NHS = 5 mins in a dingy basement with barely time to cover the essentials.
In this case he worked from two hospitals, one private and one NHS, he had a secretary in each, but both were in contact with each other, so definitely worth speaking to his secretary.
Nutty - ring his NHS secretary, ask if he sees private patients and for his private sec's number. Just ring and ask for the price of a private consult and x-ray. They'll chat with you about cost no problem.
Yes, definatley. I saw a neurologist privately as my GP was very slow to refer and she called me up the next day and said I had to go an admit myself to the NHS hospital where she then saw me as an NHS in patient.
With regards to payment it is very straight forward if you are going down the likes of BUPA etc. Just phone the hospital as them about self funding and they should give you the price of everything over the phone.
The hosiptal I was at (BUPA) seemed to be totally geared up for people paying.
I think I was about £250 for a consultant consultation if this helps..
Xrays are v expensive privately; usually 200-300 at least. Sometimes you can get GP referral for nHS xray which can be quite quick & take that to private consultant if they are happy to work with nhs xray.
My DH had terrible back problems 3 years ago. The NHS Ortho wait became unbearable and we paid for one private consultation (probably on here somewhere how much it cost). The Consultant was great, confirmed DS needed sorting, confirmed we had no money or insurance (my Mum paid for the appt as DH was out of work) and booked him an urgernt MRI scan the next week + a follow up with him for results at his NHS clinic immediately after