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PinkSparklyPussyCat Sat 06-Jun-20 10:35:25

Does anyone know if private hospitals are accepting referrals yet?

I have a cyst on my ankle that's started causing a lot of pain and I don't know whether it's worth asking my GP for a referral or not yet. I can barely walk sometimes so I want to get something done ASAP.

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EnlightenedOwl Sat 06-Jun-20 10:39:57

I'm not sure NHS helpfully booked private hospital beds which weren't needed. I would get the referral anyway then you can at least get the ball rolling. I know a few people who are having their treatment privately that has gone ahead

jetsetter87 Sat 06-Jun-20 10:41:55

Some private hospitals are taking on patients again but others are limiting it to cancer and cardiology
The best thing to do is contact your local ones and see if they are seeing patients for your speciality
If you have private med insurance authorisations should be given as usual as the insurance companies are just waiting on the hospitals taking the patients

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sat 06-Jun-20 10:43:36

Thanks. I'll contact my GP, although how I'll get on wearing a mask for the appointments another matter!

Hospital appointment + severe needle phobia + claustrophobia. Hmmmm!

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EnlightenedOwl Sat 06-Jun-20 11:03:57

May as well get your referral and authorization number so you are ready to go

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sat 06-Jun-20 11:58:41

I will do. It's not as painful as it was yesterday, I'd have willingly cut the entire foot off then!

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EnlightenedOwl Sat 06-Jun-20 14:59:57

The NHS shouldn't have been allowed to block out private hospitals until actually needed. Annoying. Anyway I've noticed Spire have restarted their GP service which given my NHS Gp appears to have closed its doors is probably as well

howdidwegetheremary Sat 06-Jun-20 15:14:19

I was referred privately in April (by private doc) but still no appointment.

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