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How to choose a private hospital or clinic

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Take a look at some of the private hospital in our online database (Find a hospital) and use the postcode search to locate the most convenient hospital to you, or browse the list of private hospitals

 

For cosmetic surgery procedures, you still need to inform your GP and some cosmetic surgery providers require a referral letter.  Compare what the providers have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer.  The location of the provider’s hospitals will undoubtedly play an important part in your choice, as will specialist services, depending on what treatment you need.  Search the private hospital database to see where the nearest hospital is for you which is within easy travelling distance/close to home so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

 

If you are based in the south or can travel to London for your treatment, then you can take explore the healthcare services available in Harley Street, the centre of medical excellence known as "Medical London".  You can visit our Harley Street Guide to view the specialists practising in this area.

 

Some factors to consider include:

  • Hospital infection and MRSA rates.

  • Patient satisfaction scores.

  • Availability of a high dependency or intensive care unit.

  • What happens in terms of pricing should complications arise and you need to stay in hospital longer.

 

The Healthcare Commission now publishes the results of inspections of both NHS and private hospitals on the web:

 

"Each independent sector provider is assessed against 32 core standards and a range of service-specific standards. These standards are not the same as the ones that apply to the NHS but they do cover broadly similar issues. 

The standards look at the minimum requirements for a provider to practice, ranging from ensuring that employees are appropriately recruited and receive adequate training to ensuring that medical equipment is decontaminated properly."

 

For cosmetic surgery you need to identify a provider that you feel fully comfortable with.  Find out which professional memberships, training and qualifications the surgeons hold and go to the relevant association’s website to verify that this information is correct.  You should also ask to see some ‘before and after’ pictures and read some of their patient testimonials. 

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