You have been to see your GP who says you need to see a Consultant.
You can see the Consultant on the NHS or privately.
3If you go through the NHS your GP will send the letter of referral to the local Trust hospital who will send you an appointment.
You may see the Consultant on the NHS or a member of the team.
5If you decide to go privately you can use your Health Insurance if you are covered. Please note you should check with your Health Insurance Company that your policy covers you for an Outpatient Consultation and tests that you might require.
6If you do not have Health Insurance you can come as a Self-pay patient.
Two things can now happen
8When you make an appointment at your local Ramsay Hospital you will be asked for the following information: (a) Your name, address and telephone number (b) Your date of birth (c) Your Health insurance details or if you are paying for yourself (d) Your GP’s details
9If you have already been seen by a Consultant on the NHS about your condition please tell the person making the appointment as they may be able to arrange to get your NHS notes from the hospital for the Consultant to review.
10An appointment will be made for you with either the Consultant named by your GP or a Consultant of the Speciality that you require if your GP has not specified a name.
11The length of wait for your appointment depends on how busy that Consultant is but you generally should be able to see a named Consultant within 1 – 4 weeks.
12If your GP has indicated that your need to see the Consultant is particularly urgent and there are no readily available appointments, the hospital will contact the Consultant to see if they are able to fit you in at an earlier time.