The peace of mind that comes with private surgery
Private hospitals are under less pressure for beds and have the budget to employ more staff. As a result, they often carry less risk from ‘hospital acquired infections’ such as MRSA and C. diff (Clostridium difficile). Patients are also generally given individual rooms, which means less exposure to other patients and a lower risk of infection, as well as more privacy.
If you choose private surgery these is less chance that you will end up on a mixed ward, or sharing a bay with other people and their relatives at a vulnerable time. Private surgery also avoids the risk of your case becoming a teaching tool, with interested groups of junior doctors attending every ward round.
The increased choice offered by private surgery
While many people go for private healthcare to avoid the NHS queue, private hospitals also offer many surgical procedures that are not covered by the NHS, such as plastic or cosmetic surgery. In these cases, private surgery is the only option.
Private surgery also gives you the choice of where you are treated and by whom. Although NHS Choices now gives patients some degree of choice, this is still no match for the complete control you can have with private healthcare.
Private surgery overseas
Private surgery overseas is a rapidly growing area of private medicine. This can significantly cut the cost, making private surgery even better value, while also giving you the chance to recover and recuperate in pleasant, ‘holiday’ surroundings.
Of course, the disadvantage of this is that should anything go wrong, you will not have the NHS to fall back on, and once home, you will be a long way away from your private surgery clinic.