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Articles and Features: January 2010 

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

  • Dental veneers – a guide Dental veneersDental veneers are essentially the equivalent of false nails for your teeth. They are a wafer thin shell or laminate that is cemented to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance in terms...
  • Cholesterol tests – what can they tell me? Cholesterol consultation and testingA cholesterol test is a simple blood test that can be performed by your doctor or pharmacist, or can be bought over the counter for you to do at home. A cholesterol test can tell you if your...
  • Is there a schizophrenia test available? Consultation with a doctorNo clinical schizophrenia test that gives a definite diagnosis has yet been approved. It is therefore not currently possible to go along to your GP or to a hospital to have a simple schizophrenia...
  • Heartburn and Barrett's Oesophagus: That burning feeling Pain caused by heartburn/Barrett's oesophagusHeartburn is a very common complaint and is the discomfort, or burning sensation often felt behind the chest bone. Other terms used for the same condition include indigestion and acid reflux. The...
  • Screening for sickle cell anaemia - can it be done? Sickle cell anaemiaIf you are born with sickle cell anaemia, it is usually diagnosed when you are a child as you start to show symptoms fairly early on. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease; it is passed on from...
  • Kidney function tests – what can they show me? Samples for kidney function testAround 10% of people have kidney disease in the UK. In most cases, kidney disease is mild and causes no symptoms, so it is possible to have some degree of kidney disease without being aware of it. A...
  • Thyroidectomy - going private Ultrasound scan on thyroidA thyroidectomy is a fairly routine operation that can help treat an overactive thyroid gland and is available in private hospitals all over the UK. If you need a thyroidectomy, you may choose to go...
  • Hair restoration in higher demand than Botox Hair restoration in higher demand than BotoxWith more than half the population dissatisfied with their appearance, there are a number of cosmetic treatments that one might presume could be a popular first choice for some. But according to a...
  • Private surgery – is it worth it? Operating theatre for private surgeryEveryone in the UK is entitled to free healthcare on the NHS, covering a wide variety of treatments and conditions. For various reasons, however, many people opt to have private surgery in one of the...