‘Can I see a consultant privately then have treatment on the NHS?’ is a question we hear time and time again.
With the extreme waiting times patients on the NHS are currently experiencing, it’s no wonder you’re considering private GP appointments and overall private healthcare.
However, we understand that if you’re already on an NHS waiting list, you won’t want to potentially jeopardise your chances of being seen to.
This article is here to put your mind at ease and answer any concerns you may have about seeking private healthcare alongside NHS treatment.
Can I see a consultant privately then have treatment on the NHS?
If it’s been months since you first got your doctor referral, and your health issues are leaving you in frequent pain or discomfort that is affecting your everyday life, it’s no surprise that private healthcare has played on your mind.
So, to answer your question, yes, you can see a private consultant then have treatment on the NHS.
The best bit?
You don’t need private healthcare insurance to access private treatment!
At least not at Pall Mall.
Your private healthcare appointments will come at a cost, but we purposefully offer a wide range of appointments.
We have some at various times of the day, either virtual or face-to-face at different price points - that way you can find the perfect one for you and your lifestyle!
Saying that, there are some things to consider before you start mixing your treatment between private consultants and the NHS.
So, keep reading to find out more!
What you need to know before mixing NHS and private healthcare treatments
Like we said, you can see a consultant privately before then going back to the NHS to get treatment.
But there’s a few things to be aware of first.
Maybe see your regular GP first
We know what you’re thinking: surely this is a waste of time?
However, it can actually work to your advantage as you can find out from your regular GP what scans, tests, or potential surgeries you may need.
Once you have this information, you can then enquire about private treatment and will most likely be seen faster than on the NHS.
For example, it was recently revealed that people seeking diagnostic scans could be waiting for two and a half years before they get their appointment! This includes CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds.
According to the NHS, patients should be waiting no longer than 18 weeks to have access to these treatments.
But we all know that isn’t the case.
Private healthcare gives you fast access to the treatment you need to be feeling like your best self sooner rather than later.
If it’s still a long wait to see your regular doctor, why not book a private GP appointment at Pall Mall?
Our prices start from just £50! Plus, with us you have the choice between in-person and virtual GP appointments at a range of days and times, so you can find the best choice for you.
Don’t suffer for years in pain and discomfort, come see us and get back to feeling like the best you.
You can’t ‘mix and match’ your treatment
Unfortunately your healthcare treatment can’t be a pick-and-mix between private providers and the NHS.
For example, you cannot have surgery on the NHS and then get implants for your health issue privately. You either have to have them both on the NHS or both privately.
Of course, there is a cost with private treatment, which makes it a big decision to make.
But if it means you get seen quicker, it may just be worth the price.
We understand it can be hard to know what to expect from private healthcare, but at Pall Mall all of our nurses, doctors, and consultants put your health at the top of their priority list.
This way, you can rest assured that you will get the exceptional level of service that you deserve.
Your NHS waiting list position won’t be affected
If you’ve been battling to see doctors and consultants, actually getting on a waiting list can feel like an achievement in itself!
Knowing you’re on the list can give you peace of mind that your ailment(s) will be seen to.
However, as the days and weeks soon turn to months and years of waiting, it can soon make those worries come straight back.
We understand that you may then not want to reach out to private healthcare providers in case your place on that very important list is affected in any way.
You’ll be glad to hear that not only reaching out, but also being seen by a private consultant will not affect your place on the waiting list!
So, even if you would just like a second opinion or information about what the private route would look like, book a private appointment with us - our expert consultants will be more than happy to help you.
Now you know you can see a consultant privately then have treatment on the NHS, it’s never been a better time to book your appointment!
We hope this article has given you a sense of clarity about where you stand when seeking NHS alongside private treatment.
If you want to just avoid any confusion and stress though, why not just stick to private healthcare?
We have a wide range of appointments, both virtual and in-person, at our multiple North West locations from early in the morning to late at night, 6 days a week!
It’s time to make your health the top priority, and our consultants do just that.
Book a private GP appointment today to start feeling like your best self.
Please get in contact with our team:
- Phone us on 03300 27 26 51
- Fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you
- Visit us at one of our North West clinics