Access treatment without the wait
Private healthcare is becoming an increasingly popular choice for patients looking to avoid the wait. Booking treatment privately, whether you are paying for yourself or through private medical insurance, gives you total flexibility in choosing care that’s right for you. That includes choosing the consultant and appointment time that suits you. Here’s a bit more about accessing private treatment that’s right for you.
When you decide you’d like to book your treatment privately, you have two main options. You can either pay for your own treatment (known as ‘self-pay’) or book through any private medical insurance (known as ‘PMI’) policy you have.
Both give you lots of choice and flexibility in choosing what’s right for you. If you’re paying for yourself, all costs are settled between you, the consultant and the Peninsula Heart Clinicl. Finance is available over 36, 48 or 60 months, subject to status, all with the option to settle interest free within the first 12 months if you choose. Find out more about finance options here.
If you’re using private medical insurance, your insurer will need to approve each part of your treatment at different stages. For instance, you may need to seek approval before your consultation and then before any onward treatment is confirmed. Don’t worry though, they will talk you through what you need to do and our hospital teams are here to help if you have any questions.
Wondering why thousands of patients are opting to get private treatment?
Here are five key reasons:
- No waiting lists – not having to wait is one of the key reasons why patients choose to go private. Peninsula Heart Clinic is no different – we don’t have waiting lists for private patients so you’ll be immediately booked in to an appointment time that suits you.
- Choosing your hospital – there has never been so much choice as to where you can get treated. The Private Healthcare Information Network lets you compare local hospitals near you. Read more about our heart clinics in Cambridge, Dorset and Plymouth.
- Choice of consultant – private healthcare enables you to see a specialist consultant straight away, however long you’ve had symptoms for. So whether you’re looking to have an echocardiogram, see a cardiologist about heart disease in your family or if you’d like expert advice on managing a cardiac arrythmia, we have specialists who can help. Going private means you can choose which consultant you would like to see, based on their experience or perhaps through a recommendation from a friend. Read more about our consultants here.
- Flexible appointments – flexibility is another key benefit of private healthcare. When you book privately, you can choose the timeslot on a day that suits you.
- Fast onward referral – if you need to be referred on to see another specialist, it’s a quick and easy process with private healthcare. Our consultants are able to refer on to another specialist if they’re best placed to provide treatment, or quickly book you in for further tests and scans if needed
Here are some key reasons for why you should choose a Regent’s Park Heart Clinic for your private treatment:
- 99% of patients would recommend us
We really value all patient feedback as it helps us to continually improve our services. According to data published on the Private Healthcare Information Network, 99% of patients at each of our hospitals said they would recommend us to family and friends.
- At the forefront of innovation
We have been the pioneers of public private partnerships in cardiology since 2002. We were awarded the HealthInvestor Award for Public Private Partnership of the Year in 2020. The HealthInvestor Awards are considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of independent healthcare in the UK. We developed Europe’s first ever modular EP cath lab in 2005 enabling significantly quicker diagnoses for patients with AF.
Making substantial investment in cardiac equipment, technology and staffing we have transformed the life’s of patients with heart conditions over the last two decades.
- Our specialist cardiac experience
Our heart clinics are designed to feel different. We know a hospital visit can be daunting, so we have created a modern hospital experience where all patients are treated in a way that we would wish our own family or friends to be treated.
- Top cardiologists
We only work with top NHS cardiologists and so you can be assured of being treated by some of the very best heart experts in the UK.
- Consistent hospital ratings
Our hospitals are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which ensures the highest standards of care are given in UK. Regent’s Park is one of only three UK private healthcare providers who have “Good” or better for all its healthcare facilities.
We provide a one-stop service for cardiac disease under one roof for all our private patients. We call this our ‘one-stop-shop’ model of care as it means a consultant can provide a consultation with medical examination → refer a patient for relevant investigations → review the results of the investigations and form a diagnosis → formulate a care plan ranging from one of more of the following → book the patient for a cath lab procedure/begin or alter medication/request further investigations.
Our close partnerships with NHS University Hospitals and co-location within the fabric and processes of an NHS hospital means we have excellent access to a comprehensive range of clinical and hospital support services. We use the same governance and accountability procedures and standards as the NHS, so patients can rest assured that they will be looked after.
Our care continues after a cath lab procedure. Within 24 hours after a procedure we contact a patient to ensure they are making a good recovery. We also inform their GP, letting them know their patient has received their treatment and has been discharged.
All our heart clinics employ rigorous cleaning schedules and practice strict infection prevention and control processes – this keeps our patients safe and ensures our infection rates are extremely low or zero.
If you are using private medical insurance, you will usually need a GP referral first. If you are paying for your own treatment this is not always needed, but most consultants prefer to see one prior to your consultation. This is so they can get a full overview of the issue to offer expert help and advice in your private appointment.
If you get a GP referral in advance, it will be quick and easy to book you in to see a specialist. If you don’t have a referral yet, or aren’t sure what you’ll need, get in touch with us and we will help.
When you see your GP, make sure you let them know you’re planning to pay for yourself or use an insurance policy. You can also specify which Regent’s Park heart clinic you would like to visit and the particular consultant you want to see. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about a consultant, we can tell you what the next available appointment slots are. Your GP can then include all this information on your referral letter and send it across to us.
If you’re paying for your own treatment, we offer you the reassurance of having a fixed-price quotation for your treatment. Finance is available over 36, 48 or 60 months, subject to status, all with the option to settle interest free within the first 12 months if you choose. Find out more about finance options here.
Wondering how much procedures cost? Here are guide prices for common procedures at our Heart Clinics:
- Diagnostic angiogram – £2,300
- Angioplasty and stenting – £9,850
- Electrophysiology & Ablation – £9,500
- Permament pacemaker insertion – £10,000