Patients ‘Flock’ to Private GP Clinic

Patients are increasingly 'shunning' the NHS and opting to instead paying to see a doctor privately, according to the national media.

Recent reports claim a private doctor’s surgery in West London has more than 5,000 people on its books, all of whom are prepared to pay for each visit to the doctor – appointments that are up to three times longer than those typically available on the NHS.

And, while the clinic has its critics, others are suggesting it has demonstrated ‘a sense of entrepreneurialism that will be the hallmark of the health service in the years to come’.*

Highgate Private Hospital introduced a Private GP Service last year which enables families and individuals quick and convenient access to a doctor.

The service offers quick access to the hospital’s consultants and specialists, allows people to choose their appointment time or have a same-day visit if needed and gives vaccinations.

Patients do not have to register - the service can be used as little or as often as desired - and patients can choose if the information is shared with their NHS GP, so their personal medical records are kept up to date.

Mark Lyons, Hospital Director at Highgate Private Hospital said: “We introduced this new GP service as we recognised that many people find it difficult to get an appointment at a time that fits their schedule.

“Our GP service is open for longer than many NHS practices, has cutting-edge equipment and we have a pharmacy on site too, so prescriptions can be picked up immediately.

“We believe our clinic gives people peace of mind and, as it is open to all - including people already registered with an NHS GP - it can complement the help and treatment given to people from their own doctor.”

For more information about Highgate’s Private GP Service click here


Date: 02/07/2013
By: Cormac Lyons/Isabel Pacheco