Once you have seen Mr Gault for consultation, you will be sent information about the costs of the treatment you are considering. If you do not have private medical insurance but someone else will be paying your bill, you may wish to pass a copy of this letter to them. Please note that even if someone else is paying your bill or you have private medical insurance, you are responsible for paying any charges which they do not pay.
Our estimates are valid for surgery dated within two months of the date of the letter. Surgical fees and anaesthetic fees usually increase only once a year, but hospital fees can increase more often than this, and thus cannot be guaranteed after the two month period. We regret we have no sway over any increases that hospitals choose to impose. Other than this, however, there is no reason to hurry your decision about surgery unless Mr Gault has specifically indicated that speed is important, for example, if there is a concern about that a problem is malignant.
Hospital fees should be paid direct to the hospital, usually shortly before or on the day of surgery. Payment of surgical and anaesthetic fees is due on booking. We currently accept only bank transfer.
Should you cancel your surgery or appointments with less than 48 hours’ notice, a cancellation fee of up to 100% of the surgery or appointment charge may be charged.
Please note that if you have your sutures removed at a different hospital to that at which you have your surgery, then you may be charged additionally by the hospital for the suture removal kit used (£25-£40 depending on the hospital). Some hospitals charge for the suture kit removal kit used even if the surgery was carried out at that hospital (notably the Wellington Hospital).
Private Medical Insurance
If you have private medical insurance, you may be able to claim for the costs of your treatment, but you should confirm that it is covered by the terms of your policy in advance of treatment. We can usually supply the relevant CCSD codes.
Please discontinue aspirin medication SEVEN days pre-operatively, Warfarin four days pre-operatively and garlic and ginko tablets two weeks pre-operatively (these medicines can cause unwanted bleeding after surgery). if your surgery is to be performed under general anaesthesia, we will normally ask you to discontinue oral contraception or HRT medication one cycle pre-operatively (to reduce the risk of thrombosis). You may resume two weeks after the surgery. You should contact your Family Doctor to discuss another method of contraception to cover the interval. Finally please discontinue Valerian and Kava containing herbal medicines two weeks before surgery as these medicines can increase the sedative effects of general anaesthesia.
You can compare independent information about the quality of private treatment offered at the hospital and other private healthcare providers from the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) website: www.phin.org.uk.