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If you want to see a private consultant specialist at a private hospital, the hospital usually requires a referral letter from a GP. Here at DRGP, we can discuss your issue and suggest the best speciality to see to help with your issue. We can then provide you with the referral letter. If you are self funding it is up to you which hospital or consultant you see. If you have private health insurance, they may restrict which hospitals you can go to.
How much does it cost to see a private consultant?

Prices vary from hospital to hospital and consultants also can charge different prices.
Typically an appointment with a consultant costs between £160-250.
Private investigations
If you would like to request a private investigation, we can provide you with a referral letter to take to your preferred hospital, we can for some hospitals send the letter directly to that hospital. Once you have had your test, you can book a follow up appointment at DRGP to discuss the results or discuss them with your own NHS GP.

How much does it cost to get private investigations done?

Prices vary from hospital to hospital. We have looked at two hospitals and put the prices of the tests they offer to give you an idea of what you might expect to pay. If you decide to go ahead with a private test, you would pay the hospital directly.

MRI Scans
MRI scans From £249-379 for one area

An MRI scan is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. MRI of the head, spine and knee are common requests.

CT Scans
CT scans From £395 for 1 body part
up to £775 for 2 parts

A CT scan is a specialised X-ray test. It can give quite clear pictures of the inside of your body. In particular, it can give good pictures of soft tissues of the body which do not show on ordinary X-ray pictures. CT heads and CT abdomen are common areas people request.

Ultrasound scan From £170 to £315

An ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body.

X-Ray From £99 up to £235

An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body, particularly your bones.

DEXA Scans
DEXA scan £125

DEXA scan is a type of X-ray that measures how dense your bones are. It can diagnose or assess your risk of osteoporosis.

Echocardiogram From £250-£499

An echocardiogram can help diagnose and monitor certain heart conditions by checking the structure of the heart and surrounding blood vessels, analysing how blood flows through them, and assessing the pumping chambers of the heart.

Spirometry £106

Spirometry is a simple test to diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air you can breathe out in one forced breath. This is useful for COPD.

ECG (electrocardiogram)
ECG £63-75

An ECG (electrocardiogram) is a test that records the electrical activity of your heart, including the rate and rhythm.

7 day ECG monitor
7 day ECG monitor From £325

Heart monitors are non-invasive, battery-powered portable devices that record your heart’s electrical activity to see any relationship between symptoms and heart rhythm. This is useful if you are suffering with palpitations.

24 hour ECG monitor
24 hour ECG monitor £265

A 24-hour Holter monitor is a small, battery-powered medical device that continuously records your heart’s activity over a period of 24 hours

Gastroscopy £999

A gastroscopy is a test to check inside your throat, oesophagus and stomach, known as the upper part of your digestive system.

Flexi-sigmoidoscopy From £999

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a test to look inside the bottom part of your large bowel. It uses a flexible tube called an endoscope, which has a camera on the end.

Colonoscopy £1499

A colonoscopy is a test that uses a long, thin, flexible tube with a small camera to look inside your bowels.

Source for investigation explanations:
Credit to NHS website, Mayo clinic, Patient.info and Bupa

Private hospitals
There is a large choice of private hospitals in the UK. Most patients pick their hospital based on location but if you are willing to travel should be able to use our referral letter in any private hospital. Not all hospitals offer all the investigations above.
    In the Sussex and Kent area the nearest private hospitals are:
  • Sussex Premier health in Hastings
  • Vista health – Eastbourne hospital
  • Benenden hospital in Kent
  • Nuffield Health hospital in Tunbridge Wells
  • Spire Montefiore hospital in Brighton
  • The Horder centre – East Sussex
  • The Chaucer Hospital – Chatham, Kent