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The percentage of people using private healthcare is increasing each year; with the NHS battling with strained resources it could be a better option for many. Not only will your treatment time be a lot quicker, but the private sector has access to a much wider range of resources. But, what should and shouldn’t you visit your private GP for? Here we explain which ailments can be treated by your GP, and those which should be assessed by alternative medical assistance.
The major difference between the two services is that access to NHS GPs and health services are free, whereas private GP’s work in independent hospitals and clinics which require a membership or one off payment. Often, private health care is a perk that you can access through your employer, but it can be a worthwhile investment if you choose to sign up yourself.
The overall service that you receive before, during and after your appointment is generally a lot more efficient in private healthcare. Your initial wait time to book an appointment with the doctor will be significantly reduced when arranged through private healthcare. Following this, you will be a lot less restricted with time during your appointment, meaning you can have a thorough chat with your GP without feeling rushed or a nuisance. Although GPs of both sectors will be fully qualified, if they identify a medical problem which requires a specialist, private GPs often work in clinics or hospitals which have these departments readily available so a referral can be arranged a lot sooner. Private clinics and hospitals will have better resources, less crowding, nicer hospital rooms and more attentive staff.
You can visit your private GP for regular ailments as you would through the NHS. However, if your issue is more complicated you could be facing a long wait as you’re added to the queue with everyone else. Duality Health can help you with a whole range of problems, but are also willing to provide additional services on a case by case basis or recommend the best course of action for you.
If you’re a member of a private clinic, or have received one off treatment then you’ll be aware of the vast range of services that they can offer. But, there are some instances when you should seek other forms of medical help. Emergency situations, broken bones and dental problems to name a few; these problems either need to be seen immediately or simply cannot be treated by your GP. Attending the wrong medical service could put you at risk of delaying your treatment and consequently lead to further issues. If you experience a non-life-threatening emergency, but want some quick advice, or a second opinion, consider speaking to a pharmacist or calling 111. Medical emergencies can include:
If you’re wondering, how do I find a private doctor near me? then Duality Health is available for those living in and around the areas of Newry and Dungannon, Northern Ireland.
We aim to provide access to the best private GPs and medical services we can. Offering evening and weekend appointments we can work around your schedule without you having to take time off of work. Get in touch today to find out more about our work, and how you can become a member.