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Choosing Your Consultant

Begin your journey back to health

One of the benefits of paying for private treatment is that you get to choose your specialist consultant. Initial appointments can be booked in as little as 24 hours, giving you rapid access to an expert diagnosis and treatment plan. Begin your journey back to health as quickly as possible.

In most cases you’ll need a referral letter from your GP before you can see a specialist for an initial consultation. Your GP may be able to recommend one of our consultants best suited to treat your condition, or provide you with an open referral letter, which means you can choose a consultant yourself.

Understand the costs

If you’re paying for your own treatment, an initial consultation can cost between £150 and £350, depending on the complexity of your condition.

This cost is not typically included in fixed-price hospital packages, because not everyone attending a consultation will require treatment. Your consultant will bill you separately, as they will for any follow-up (usually ranging from £150 – £250).

If diagnostic scans are required, these too are at an additional cost which should be agreed before the scan(s) take place.

If you are unsure about the cost of private treatment, it’s best you speak to someone before making any decisions.

Our dedicated patient services team is on hand to help with any questions you may have: please call us on 020 7467 4344.

Check fees are covered by your insurance policy

If you’re using private medical insurance (PMI) to fund your treatment, phone your insurance company to check if your chosen consultant’s fees are covered by your policy before making an appointment.

It’s a good idea to find out your chosen consultant’s initial and follow-up consultation fees before you call, just to confirm they have the most up-to-date fee information. There may be a shortfall in the amount your insurance company will cover, in which case you’ll be sent a bill for the remaining amount by your consultant.

Your insurance company will give you a pre-authorisation code once they have confirmed your eligibility for treatment. Use this code when booking any appointments, either with your consultant or at the hospital.

If you are unsure about the process, speak to your insurer before making any decisions.

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Hand-picked for you

Choosing your consultant can be confusing when faced with an endless list of specialists.

At King Edward VII’s Hospital, we help narrow down that choice by hand-picking only the finest consultants to care for our patients.

Choose from a select list of specialists who share our values and commitment to patient-centred care.

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