Why should I go private?
Our private GP service gives you the flexibility of an appointment time to suit you and your family. Appointments are available, often same day and in the evenings. You will see an experienced local GP, who will take as long as you need, in a service which is discrete and confidential, and provided in relaxed but professional environment.
We are a group of highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced local GP's, who are commited to providing exemplary care focused on you and your health requirements.
When can I be seen?
We offer appointments at Spire Cheshire Hospital on evenings during the week. Please call us on 01925 215 087 for further information.
How long are the appointments?
We offer appointment lengths to suit you, ranging from 15 to 45 minutes. Your initial consultation will usually be for 30 minutes. When you first speak to our appointments team you will be asked if you require a 30 minute or 45 minute appointment.
If a longer consultation is required, despite booking a shorter appointment, will will try our best to accommodate this, however there will be an additional charge
How much does a consultation cost?
This varies according to the length of the consultation. As a guide, a 15 minute consultation costs just £50, with a 30 minute consultation costing £90
Will my insurer cover the cost of the consultation?
It is worth checking with your health insurance provider, as an increasing number of providers will cover your consultation with a private GP.
How do I pay?
Payment will be taken on the day via a debit or credit card, cash or cheque. You will be asked for your credit card details when you book the appointment.
How do I book an appointment?
Call us on 01925 215 087 or you can complete our online enquiry form on the Spire Cheshire Hospital website
What happens if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible, on 01925 215 087. Appointments which are booked but not attended will incur the full charge.
Do I need to provide my NHS notes?
No, this is not required. We request that prior to your first consultation, you fill in the new patient health questionnaire, and bring this to the appointment with you.
What about confidentiality?
Your consultation will take place in a secure room within hospital grounds, and all your information will be held securely with advanced computer security. Information will only be divulged with your specific consent.
Will my NHS GP be informed about my consultation?
Your consultation will remain confidential with us, but depending on your wishes, we can share this information with your NHS GP, with your consent. This can be discussed at your appointment. It is important to note that seeing a private GP will not affect the relationship with your own NHS GP.
What tests do you have access to?
If clinically appropriate, your GP may request some blood tests. We also have access to a range of diagnostic tests such as ECG and hearing tests, which can often be done the same day. In addition, we can organise MRI scans, CT, Ultrasound and x-rays as clinically indicated.
What about prescriptions?
We will provide private prescriptions, rather than an NHS prescription. This means you will pay for the cost of the drug, and the chemist’s dispensing fee. This is unlikely to be significantly more than an NHS prescription cost, and in some cases, is less. These can be dispensed at the Spire Cheshire in-house pharmacy or at any community pharmacy.
What about onward referral?
If the GP feels that referral is required for further tests or specialist care, you will have access to an extensive list of consultants including specialists in Cardiology, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) and Ophthalmology. This can be arranged at Spire Cheshire Hospital for your convenience.
If you have private medical insurance you will need to check with your insurer that you are covered for the cost of these tests or treatment, or alternatively that you have funds in place to pay for it yourself.
Can you refer me to NHS services rather than private specialty clinics?
We do not usually have access to NHS services, with the exception of some services such as Accident & Emergency.
What about emergency treatment?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer emergency treatment. For patients requiring emergency treatment, please contact your own GP, NHS 111, or your local Accident & Emergency department.
How do I feedback after my consultation?
We are continually aiming to improve our service in any way possible, to provide high levels of patient satisfaction. We would like to hear from you, and after your consultation, we’d be grateful if you could spend a few minutes completing the GP service Patient Questionnaire.
New Patient Questionnaire
Prior to attending your GP appointment please print off and complete the attached new patient questionaire and bring it along to your appointment
Patient Questionnaire for people who have visited the Private GP Service
Please print off and complete the attached