The most commonly asked questions, answered
What happens if something goes wrong?
- How to check out the hospital or clinic
- How to choose a private hospital or clinic
- Comparing private hospitals and healthcare providers
- Do I need a referral from my GP?
- Going private if you have health insurance
- Going private if you don’t have health insurance
- The practicalities of going private
- How to choose a private doctor
- How do I complain about private treatment?
- What kind of guarantee should I expect?
- What to consider
- Why go private?
- Legal advice for patients
This part of the Guide to Going Private is sponsored by Anthony Gold Solicitors, an established law firm specialising in legal advice for medical claims.
All operations carry some risk and while it is hoped that all medical, dental, or cosmetic procedures will go to plan, even with a minor procedure it is wise to exercise some caution. Plan properly for the recovery period and know what possible complications could arise. Immediate postoperative problems will be solved during a patient’s stay in the hospital so it is good to allow some flexibility to your schedule - just in case - and ask your doctor for detailed instructions and to explain what is normal and what is not for the days following the surgery.
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If something does go wrong, if you are unhappy with your surgery or it has been badly performed talk to your surgeon immediately to seek a resolution. If you are unhappy with the service you receive you should speak to the healthcare professional, hospital or clinic concerned straight away as this is often the most effective and fastest way to sort things out. If infections or other problems occur afterwards you should get in touch with the provider and follow their instructions.
Legal advice for patients
You may be seeking a solicitor or UK law firm that specialises in healthcare litigation or has expertise in the healthcare sector. Some law firms focus on areas such as clinical and medical negligence and medical claims, providing advice to families and individuals who wish to pursue a legal action against a healthcare service or provider.
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Guide to going private
- What is best for you
- Practical advice
- Payment methods
20 page PDF guide to "going private" for insured and self-paying patients.
- Advice on choosing a doctor and hospital
- Checklist for comparing providers
- Understanding prices