Why choose private treatment in an NHS hospital?
What facilities are available to you?
By choosing to have your treatment as a private patient within
an NHS hospital, you are assured of a comprehensive range of
general and specialist medical services on-site, around the clock.
There will always be a doctor who can see you in an emergency, with
adequate support from specialist trained nursing staff. The
Hospital has the latest up-to-date clinical facilities, including
intensive care and high dependency units. Our operating theatres
are fully equipped to undertake a wide range of surgery. The
administration of your admission to Hospital will be managed by our
Private Patients Office; you will be allocated a named
administrator who is available to you in order to liaise with your
insurance company on your behalf to ensure that you are adequately
covered for the treatment you need and to assist with any other
queries that you may have before your procedure. We realise what an
anxious time this can be for patients and our aim is to make this
process as smooth as possible.
Consultants who treat private patients within Southend Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust do so as the Hospital is their work base and
it is where they have developed their specialist team. Back-up is
also available from a comprehensive range of on-site expert care,
including specialist nurses and therapists.
Southend Hospital's pricing structure is based on the principle
that it should be simple, fair and competitive.
Self funding patients
Many patients without insurance are opting to fund their own
private treatment. For some procedures it is possible to choose a
fixed cost package which enables you to know the total cost before
the start of your treatment. All self-funding patients will be
requested to pay the full cost of their treatment prior to
admission. Payment may be made by credit or debit card, banker's
draft or cheque.
Fixed price packages
Southend Hospital offers fixed cost surgery packages in some areas
allowing people who do not have insurance, or where the policy does
not cover them for this particular procedure, to benefit from
private treatment. Please note; fixed cost surgery is available for
set procedures only. By using a fixed cost arrangement you can be
aware of the full cost of treatment before it starts. In general,
the fixed price means there will be no additional consultant or
hospital charges for the inpatient or outpatient treatment of a
known medical condition once the price has been agreed.
What does this include?
Once agreed, the fixed cost package will include: accommodation;
nursing care; operating theatre fees; diagnostic tests; treatment
and meals given during your stay in hospital; all drugs and
dressings during your stay; and Consultant fees whilst an
inpatient. Please note the fixed cost surgery does not include
private outpatient consultations before or after inpatient
treatment or any ambulance transfers. Many procedures can now be
undertaken as a day case. You will still be under the personal care
of your Consultant who will undertake the procedure.
Please be aware that you are responsible for any costs not covered
by your insurance policy. Your insurers will advise you of any
limits or restrictions in your cover and whether Southend Hospital
is in their chosen network of hospitals. When contacting the
Private Patient's Office, please ensure you have all relevant
details regarding your insurance; i.e. policy/membership number
Where Do I Start?
Private medical treatment often begins as a result of an NHS
appointment with your GP, at which you identify your wish for
private treatment. Your GP will refer you to an appropriate
Consultant who will see you for a private consultation. The
Consultant will require a referral letter from your GP before the
consultation. Most of our consultants have dedicated private
clinics off site, although some patients are seen at Southend
Hospital outpatients before or following NHS clinics.
Supporting the NHS
Income generated by private patients is invested back into
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in order to
assist in supporting the services, facilities and improvements
provided to NHS patients; this benefits all patients who come to
the Hospital. In many cases, the ward you stayed on receives a
percentage of these funds, in some instances 100% of the money
claimed goes back to that ward/unit.
Who do I contact for further information?
The Private Patients Office based at Southend Hospital will be
pleased to assist with any enquiries
Telephone: 00 44 1702 385336 (option 1)
Facsimile: 00 44 1702 385901