This right to choose means that you can decide where to have treatment for most specialties including orthopaedics, ophthalmology and gynaecology.
Choosing where to have your NHS surgery or treatment can be difficult. We know that making an informed decision is important to you and your health outcomes, so we want to help as much as possible.
Below you will find answers to some of the questions you might be asking yourself…
Is my treatment still free, regardless of where I choose?
Your right to choice has nothing to do with cost; if you are an NHS patient who has been referred for treatment by your GP then you are not required to pay. Care UK Hospitals are managed on behalf of the NHS, so you are free to select one of our hospitals as your service of choice.
Why do I have to choose?
You don’t have to make the decision alone, and can consult with your GP who will help, but choosing where to have your surgery can be an important element of your treatment and recovery. Clinicians and researchers agree that if you choose a hospital in which you feel comfortable and confident, you are likely to improve both the result of your treatment and your experience while you’re in hospital.
What should I base my decision on?
There are various aspects that will affect your decision, some of which are very personal; only you will know exactly what matters most to you. Considering the simpler things like how easy it will be to get to your chosen hospital, whether they have free parking and what the facilities are like can be a good place to start.
It is also a good idea to check how long the wait is, as this can vary quite dramatically from hospital to hospital. None of us like to wait, and leaving it too long before having your treatment can be detrimental to your recovery.
Where do I find the information I need?
There is a wealth of material available to help you make your decision, particularly on the internet. Each Care UK hospital has its own website, which gives you all the necessary information about that specific service.
You will find links to our CQC inspection reports, details of waiting times and profiles of all our consultants. If you don’t find what you are looking for, just contact us and ask!