NHS Patients

We are currently experiencing very short waiting times for NHS appointments at Highgate Private Hospital. You can see a consultant in as little as 2 – 4 weeks and if a procedure is required have it in 8 – 14 weeks.

What is Patient Choice?

Patient Choice is a government initiative introduced to give NHS patients more choice about where and when they are treated.  It means that NHS patients in England who require hospital treatment will be offered a choice of hospitals or clinics for their treatment (including participating private hospitals) by their GP and one of the options could be Highgate Hospital.  Further information on Patient Choice can be found on the NHS website.

How to book an NHS appointment?

When you and your GP agree that you need an appointment with a specialist, the initial hospital or clinic appointment can be booked by using the NHS e-Referral Service.

The system allows you to choose which hospital or clinic you go to and you will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment.

The GP can also provide you with the Appointment Request Letter including instructions, a Unique Booking Reference Number (UBRN) and the password which allows you to book the appointment at a later date on the phone or via the internet. Patients wishing to use our services must select ‘Aspen’ and then choose ‘Highgate’ from the drop-down list.

Can I choose Highgate Private Hospital for my NHS treatment?

Yes.  However, not all of the services and treatments offered at Highgate Private Hospital are available as part of the Patient Choice scheme, only select specialities. Services currently available are:

Conditions treated: 
ENT  Ear problems
Swallowing problems
Thyroid problems
Nasal blockages
Allergic rhinitis
Salivary gland problems
Ear drum perforations
Conductive hearing loss (age 59 or below)
General Surgery  Inguinal hernia
Umbilical hernia
Lumps and bumps
Skin lesions
Benign cysts
Pain Management  Acute back pain
Chronic pain
Musculoskeletal pain
Neuropathic pain
Spinal pain
Orthopaedics  Shoulder Shoulder pain
Rotator cuff tear
Spine Back pain
Hand and Wrist  Tigger finger
Dupuytren’s contracture syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Hip  Hip pain
Knee  Osteoarthritis
Knee trauma
Foot and Ankle  Ankle pain
Arthralgia of the ankle or foot
Bunions/hallux valgus
Podiatric Surgery Arthritis
Foot pain
Bunions/hallux valgus
Tendon injury


As a provider of NHS services, Highgate Private Hospital will mirror the medicines usage at the Whittington Health NHS Trust.

The following link takes you to the medicines formulary for the Whittington Health NHS Trust website, for which Highgate Private Hospital would like to thank the Pharmacy Department for its kind permission to use. Please Click here for more information.