Why might you choose to have a private consultation?
We work with the NHS. We provide services to the NHS and all of our psychiatrists have worked in the NHS – many still do for their day jobs! It is a fine institution which we all depend on, which we believe in, and which we support – but it’s not the only choice.
Unfortunately, the NHS has a severe shortage of consultant psychiatrists so it is almost impossible to get to see one unless you become very ill indeed. The fact is, most mental health issues have to be managed by GPs. Mostly they do a wonderful job – but they are not specialists in mental illness.
We believe that your consultations with us should be funded by the NHS but that is a decision for your local Clinical Commissioning Group. We will always support a funding application to your local CCG if you have the support of your GP, however, even with your GP’s sponsorship, it will take some time to get that funding approved and the fact is that the best indicator for improved outcomes in any area of healthcare is rapid access to high quality specialist medical diagnosis and treatment.
When you have any sort of medical problem you may choose to pay for the opinion of a specialist doctor directly. Of course, there are many reasons for opting for a private consultation, for instance;
- It is always far faster than waiting to be seen on the NHS;
- You will see definitely see a top specialist doctor – of your choice;
- You can keep it all private – even from your friends and family.
Perhaps you have been been through the NHS mental health system and you would now like a second opinion, or maybe you have tried to access NHS mental health services via your GP and found them wanting.
Whatever is troubling you (or someone close to you), we have a specialist psychiatrist who will give you their diagnosis, their considered advice and the best suitable treatment. That treatment may be by prescribing you with medication, when appropriate, but could also involve advice on onward referral to therapeutic and behavioural management services provided by accredited therapists, working under our medical supervision.
You can either book your consultation here, or, if you would like a bit more information, you are welcome to fill in our initial enquiry form and someone will give you a call to talk it through further. Alternatively, you can ring us on 033 0124 1980 or use our chat facility (see above) during office hours.
Private doesn’t have to mean expensive
If you have private medical insurance, we can work with most of the providers to get them to fund all or part of your treatment. However, even in the absence of insurance, seeing one of the consultant psychiatrists who are part of Psychiatry-UK LLP is different.
Unlike seeing some types of medical specialists where a physical examination is almost always necessary, a consultant psychiatrist seldom needs to do more than listen to your story and talk with you about it for an hour or so. It is therefore not only possible to have your consultation on a secure internet video link (to any sort of digital device), the research shows that, in many ways, it is preferable.
You can be relaxed, in your own space, and have the appointment at a time that really suits you. As you can see from the recommendations at the bottom of this page and the independent reviews of our service at iwantgreatcare, those who have tried it all seem to be willing to recommend our service. So we must be doing something right!
Private consultations – online or face to face?
An online private consultation takes place within a few days rather than in a couple of weeks; and at any time that suits you. What is more, using our online system is definitely cheaper than seeing a private psychiatrist in any face to face setting.
Our standard adult diagnostic assessment costs £300.00. This gives you an hour with your chosen psychiatrist who will then send you their formal diagnostic opinion, their recommendations, and an agreed treatment plan, all set out in a letter or report.
The details of this will have been discussed with you in the consultation. There can be additional fees incurred, for instance if we privately prescribe medication, but you will be clearly told about these at the time.
Please see our fees for further information.
As you can see from their profiles, the partners at Psychiatry-UK LLP are all highly qualified doctors. To join us a psychiatrist not only has to have held a substantive NHS consultant post, be on the specialist register at the GMC, and be in good standing with the Royal College of Psychiatrists; they also have to be approved by all of the other members of the practice to work in our chamber and to our standards.
We have top specialists who cover the full range of mental disorders, from postnatal depression to dementia.
As doctors, our members all take their responsibilities with regard to confidentiality particularly seriously. You can talk to our doctors about anything and remain absolutely secure in the knowledge that, as long as you’re not intending to do something serious like harm yourself or others, so your life or someone else is in danger, what you say will remain confidential.
Do you know someone who is suffering unnecessarily?
With psychiatric issues it is all too common for the person who has the problem to be in denial. Although a quarter of us suffer from recognisable and diagnosable mental disorders in our lifetime, two thirds then do nothing about it – either from fear of the stigma of mental illness or from a refusal to recognise or acknowledge the problem. They suffer in silence – and those who love them often suffer with them.
Perhaps you have someone close to you, a friend or family member, who you feel falls into this category; so perhaps you should have a short meeting with a psychiatrist yourself for advice on how best to deal with the situation. We may be able to give you pointers on how to persuade the person for whom you are concerned to start facing the issues.
You can book a 30 minute advice session for £100 with the specialist psychiatrist you choose to talk to. You can either book your advice session here, fill in our initial enquiry form so someone can give you a call to talk it through further, or you can ring us on 033 0124 1980 during office hours.