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Articles and Features : August 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • UK Hospitals – How do they compare? Doctors in group with x raySince April 2008, NHS patients in England have had the right to choose where and when they receive non-urgent treatment. Under the scheme, you should be given a choice of at least four hospitals or...
  • Success rates for knee and hip replacement in the UK Hip replacement surgeryKnee and hip replacements are two of the most commonly performed operations in the UK today. Recent studies have shown that the rates of success for these two operations in Britain are among the best...
  • What is a heart scan? Nuffield CT scanEvery two minutes in the UK, someone has a heart attack. Coronary heart disease is this country's biggest killer. If you have problems with your heart, or you've been referred to a specialist by your...
  • Weight loss programmes - how to choose one to suit you Obesity scalesThere is a huge range of different weight loss plans or programmes that you can choose from, and although any particular one can't be named as the best or most successful weight loss programme,...
  • Should I take out medical insurance? insurance contractWhether medical insurance is right for you or not will depend on a great many different factors, some practical, some personal. Private medical insurance (PMI) gives you greater choices about where...
  • Travel Health Issues: What to consider before travelling New Travel policy for breast cancer sufferersAround a quarter of the population go on holiday abroad every year – and around a quarter of those will fall ill or suffer from some kind of medical condition while overseas. So what precautions can...
  • What is medical imaging? iHealth MRI scanMedical imaging is the process of creating pictures and images of parts of the body to assist doctors with examination and diagnosis. Images are created using painless techniques without the need to...
  • Gastric bypass - an effective way to lose weight? Obesity risk factor in oesophagus cancerA gastric bypass is an operation performed on obese people to greatly decrease the size of the stomach, resulting in less food being consumed and fewer calories absorbed. It is a last resort option...
  • Hair loss treatment - does it work? Hair restorationOn average we have about 100,000 hairs on our head, with the large majority in the 'resting phase' and a small number (about 10%) in the 'growing phase.' Normal, everyday hair loss is about 50-100...
  • Treatment options for alcohol dependency Life change 4Alcohol is our favourite social drug. Many people use alcohol in moderation, without causing any physical or psychological harm, but for some people, heavier drinking can be a serious condition,...
  • Choose your cosmetic surgeon carefully? Cosmetic surgeryCosmetic surgery can be life enhancing. It is very important therefore that from the outset you get an honest and informed opinion as to whether surgery can achieve your expectations for cosmetic...