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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions that are regularly asked by my patients. I have included them here as I hope that they may be of interest and/or use to anyone thinking of contacting the practice for help or advice. If the answers to your questions are not contained in the short list below then please contact my office where we will be delighted to answer any queries you may have. Contacts can be found by clicking here.


Q: Why should I opt for private treatment?
A: Choosing to be treated privately ensures the following:

  1. Prompt appointments
  2. First class communications where everything will be explained in a manner  that you can understand
  3. You will be seen and treated throughout by an experienced Consultant Surgeon (Mr Smith)
  4. You will be seen and treated in pleasant surroundings
  5. You will not have to spend any longer in hospital than is absolutely necessary
  6.  If you  need to have an operation that requires a general anaesthetic it will be administered by an experienced Consultant Anaesthetist
  7. You will be reviewed by Mr Smith who will have performed the operation and therefore he will be aware of everything that took place during your treatment and be best placed to understand your condition

Q: How quickly can I be seen?
A: You are usually seen within seven days. My secretaries will be able to give you a more accurate idea and are happy to take enquiries regarding your interest.


Q: Is there a waiting list for private surgery?
A: No. Patients are given an appointment as soon as possible. Surgery is carried out on Monday mornings at the 'Three Shires Hospital' and Thursday mornings at the 'Woodland Hospital'.


Q: How do I pay for my treatment?
A: Payment is received either by cash or by cheque. Patients with fixed cost packages can pay the relevant hospital by debit or credit card.


Q: How long will I need to take off work after an operation?
A: This will depend upon the type of surgery. For instance, Wisdom tooth surgery under a general anaesthetic will usually require you to take 5 to 7 days off work. Minor operations under local anaesthetic require 1 to 2 days to be taken off as recovery is a lot quicker.


Q: Do I need a referral letter from my doctor?
A: This is not always necessary. However, it is preferable to have a referral letter either from your doctor or your dentist. It is worth noting that some insurance companies insist on a referral by your doctor or dentist.