Where and when can I be seen?
I hold a regular clinic at the Yorkshire Clinic (Monday 0900-1300) and individual appointments can be arranged outside of this time. Individual appointments can also be made in the private ward (Ward 19).
At Airedale General Hospital. An appointment can usually be made within a week of request. Please contact us if you require more information or to make an appointment.
At BMI Gisburne Park Hospital I hold a regular clinic on alternate Thursday mornings (0900-1230) and Individual appointments can be made outside of this time.
Medical insurance what do I need to do?
I have specialist recognition with all of the major insurance companies including, BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA Healthcare, WPA, Pru Health etc. Patients wanting a consultation or treatment under their medical insurance policy usually require a referral from their GP. It is advisable to contact your insurance company prior to your consultation and before any tests or surgery is planned to ensure that they will cover the costs. They will often also give you an authorisation code which you should bring details of along with your insurance provider number to your consultation.
No medical insurance/can I self-fund?
While most patients treated in the private sector will have their own insurance, an increasing number are choosing to fund their own treatment. For many of the commonly performed shoulder and elbow procedures a ‘package price’ quotation can be arranged that will cover the hospital, surgical and anaesthetic fees. If you require more information about this or for a free quotation, please contact us.
Am I responsible for any fees?
Whether you self pay or have private medical insurance, ultimately you are responsible for any fees (including policy excesses) incurred for consultations, investigations or surgery.
Do I need a referral letter?
A referral letter from your GP is preferred for all patients and the majority of insurers will insist upon this.
What happens at the initial consultation?
Initial consultations usually last around 30 mins. During this I will ask questions about the problem you are having and the impact it is having on your personal and work life. The affected joint will then be examined and I will send you for an X-ray if required. We will then discuss the most likely cause for your problem and discuss the treatment options available. Occasionally other investigations such as ultrasound, CT or MRI may be needed and so these will be arranged usually within 10 days. Treatments such as steroid injections may be given at your initial visit if required.
How surgery is organised?
Should surgery be necessary, a convenient time will be arranged based on the nature of the operation being performed and the necessary rehabilitation and recovery time required. All operative procedures have a code that insurers and hospitals use and you will be advised to obtain an authorisation number beforehand if using insurance.