How to choose a private hospital or clinic

By Keith Pollard on 03 November 2022

A checklist of things to consider when choosing a private hospital or clinic

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Questions to ask when comparing private hospitals

  • Does the hospital specialise in the treatment that you require?
  • What are the hospital’s patient satisfaction scores?
  • Does the hospital publish hospital infection rates and complication rates?
  • What quality and accreditation standards does the hospital meet?
  • What is the availability of a high dependency or intensive care unit, should something go wrong?
  • What support services are available for your care after the operation?
  • What happens in terms of costs if complications arise and you need to stay in hospital longer?
  • What does the hospital have to offer, how does it differ from alternatives and what sort of philosophy of care do they offer?
Top tips:
  • Find and compare hospitals on
  • Check out the results of hospital inspections from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

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