2nd February 2024
What is a Private GP?
What is a Private GP?
In the UK, the NHS provides the majority of healthcare services for people looking for advice, support, and treatment, including GP appointments. These appointments can be accessed by anyone and are free of charge. However, despite the no cost, more and more people are turning to a Private GP when they need to see a doctor. In this guide, we’ll be explaining what a Private GP is, the benefits of going to see one, and where you can find them.
Keep reading to learn more about Private GPs and decide whether the service is right for you.
What is a Private GP and how are they different to the NHS?
In terms of the services a Private GP provides, they are quite similar to an NHS GP. This means they will speak to patients during appointments and offer diagnostics and treatments for their health concerns. As well as making referrals to the relevant specialist services and ordering tests if needed. The main difference between a Private GP and an NHS one is that the former will work independently of the NHS in private hospitals or clinics that require payment to access.
Why you should you see a Private GP?
You might be wondering why you would want to pay to see a doctor privately when you can do it for free through the NHS. However, there are several undeniable benefits to Private GP services including:
Shorter wait times
This is the most common reason why more and more people are deciding to seek private appointments for their illnesses or conditions. The NHS is under more pressure than ever with wait times for appointments becoming longer and longer. If you’re not well or in pain, you shouldn’t have to wait for weeks to see a GP and with a private appointment you wouldn’t have to. Private GPs can offer significantly faster appointments, usually within a day or two, meaning you can get quicker access to the treatment you need.
Longer appointment times
NHS doctors are in high demand, which means they have to try and see as many patients as they can. Therefore, you only have a short window to tell the doctor about your symptoms and potentially sensitive issues, which isn’t fair on you or the GP. If you’re getting rushed through appointments you won’t be able to properly explain your concerns and the doctor cannot properly diagnose you, which means you could be missing out and end up waiting longer to have your treatment needs met. A Private GP can offer a longer appointment to truly understand your health issues and offer an in-depth plan for diagnosis and treatment.
Efficiency of the service
Not only can a Private GP service offer you a quicker and more in-depth appointment, but also a potentially more efficient method of getting your needs met. So, if you need a referral or you’re waiting for test results, you’ll likely find that you’ll get these outcomes faster than if you had gone through the NHS. Private GPs have access to other specialists and consultants that can ensure your diagnostic and treatment services are met effectively.
More time to work on preventative healthcare
Another benefit of seeing a Private GP is that you have more time to identify a health concern early and stop it before it develops or worsens. At VIDA Clinics, we use ‘Guest Advocates’ during Private GP consultations to offer our patients extra support and ensure they maximise their time with the GP as much as possible.
Additionally, our Private GPs write to your NHS GP following any treatment to ensure your medical history is kept updated. So, you don’t have to worry about any confusion between seeing a Private GP and any NHS appointments you might have in the future.
Where can you find a Private GP?
If you find yourself looking for Private GP services near me and you’re based in the North West, VIDA Clinics can help. We have several clinics offering Private GP appointments in Birkenhead, Liverpool, Chester, and Birchwood. As experienced clinicians we understand the needs of our patients and how to ensure they receive the highest possible standard of service.
Whether you’re looking for Private GP appointments, other medical services, aesthetics, or general wellness, we’re on hand to support your needs and exceed your expectations. Book a consultation online today or contact us if you have any questions or queries.
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