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Welcome to the Highgate Health Blog


Dear Reader,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our new blog on Highgate’s website.

We’ll be updating this blog with content from our world-renowned Consultants and our fantastic staff as well as our management team – all in one place on our website with a brand new design. From advice and FAQs written by our expert Consultants to personal insights from our staff working hard behind the scenes, this new blog is the place to receive all the latest information from our hospital. We hope you like it.

At Highgate, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional healthcare to our patients. From outstanding orthopaedic care for the treatment of common hip, knee and spinal problems to quick and effective scans and examinations in our JAG-accredited endoscopy department, all our procedures are carried out by a qualified and highly experienced multidisciplinary team. We also offer a Private GP Service run by our friendly and knowledgeable GPs 6 days per week, and a highly advanced diagnostic and medical imaging service for people requiring X-Ray, MRI, CT and other investigative scans. For all our services and treatments, patients receive exceptional care tailored to their individual lifestyle and needs – something we’re extremely proud of.

It is no accident that we launch this blog just over a year after the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the UK. It’s been a challenging and tumultuous 12 months, but with the UK’s vaccination programme in full swing, we can hope that there are brighter days ahead. Thinking back over the past year, I am filled with a great sense of pride at how our team joined forces with the NHS to support patients in the fight against Covid. As you may know, we committed our teams, resources and equipment to our friends at The Whittington, North Middlesex, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, UCLH and The Royal Free – and we remain committed to our NHS partners should they need us to deliver further care and treatments. We can be proud of the part we are playing during these challenging times, and I am extremely grateful to our team for the brilliant work they have done, and continue to do.

As the country begins to open up, I would like to encourage anybody who may have delayed seeking treatment to see a specialist. At Highgate we offer quick access to specialist doctors as well as access to high-tech scans, examinations and other medical investigations to diagnose health issues. Please don’t delay in seeking treatment if you need it. We would be happy to welcome you to Highgate for a consultation and can provide virtual appointments for those who would prefer a conversation online or over the phone. Options are also available for people with health insurance as well as those who wish to fund their treatment – you can find more information by navigating to the ‘Funding your treatment’ section on this website.

As you can see from this short update, there’s no shortage of news and information to bring you from Highgate – and I’m excited that we can do so through this new blog. Our first posts are compelling reads, and I hope you enjoy reading them. They include an article about how to let go of guilt by Consultant Psychologist Dr Joanne Stuart, information about bowel cancer from General & Colorectal Surgeon Mr Steve Warren, and a timely piece about how to return to exercise safely by Sports Medicine Consultant Dr James Thing.

Of course, we’ll be updating our blog on a regular basis, so do check back for new items and content. We’d also like to hear your thoughts and views on our blogs – the best way is by engaging with us on one of our social media channels. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, so please do give us a follow and get involved. We would love to hear from you.


Douglas Watson
Hospital Director, Highgate Private Hospital

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