When you consult with a GP, it may be decided that you need to be seen by a hospital doctor, either for a management opinion or for investigations. Usually such referrals are made on the NHS but if you request to be referred on a Private basis you should be aware that:
- You will need to establish which hospital you would like to be seen in. If you are a Welsh resident it is advisable to choose a Welsh private hospital; this will assist continuing care should the occasion arise that you ultimately are transferred to see an NHS consultant, for a related problem, at some point in the future.
- You will need to find out about their fee structure, so we recommend that you contact the hospital and provide them with the details of what you require.
- Health Authority regulations stipulate that any new medication, prescribed during the course of your treatment from a private consultant, will be on a private prescription. Any medication that you remain on after the consultant has discharged you will be available to you on the NHS (provided that it is licensed and on the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s GP formulary). Any medication that you were on prior to your private treatment will remain on an NHS prescription.
You may or may not know which hospital you wish to go to. If not, we can provide you with a list of the most local private hospitals.
Once you have made your decision, please let our secretary, Wendy, know which hospital and consultant you wish to be referred to and we will produce a referral letter for you. This will take between 3 and 5 working days.