Cornwall LivingIssue #74
Your health your way
We explore the benefits of private treatment at Duchy Hospital.
When it opened, Duchy Hospital was entirely private. All patients paid for their treatment, either with medical insurance or their own funds, but over the last few years it has begun to take NHS patients too. Why, then, is it worth paying for your treatment to go to the same hospital?
“…helping you deal with your medical insurance, arranging transport, even making sure a copy of your favourite newspaper is delivered to your room.”
Simply put, paying for your treatment means that you’re treated at your convenience, rather than to fit in with the NHS. Private patients can choose when they have their treatment, which makes a real difference.
For some, this simply means being seen as soon as possible – in some cases being seen by a consultant on the same day as being contacted. In fact, one previous patient at Duchy Hospital explains: “For me, it was an urgent consultation at my instigation and I was dealt with in an understanding and very prompt manner, which gave me comfort at such a difficult time.” For others, it’s simply about being about to choose a time which fits into their lifestyle.
Perhaps you want to be treated in good time to be able to recover from your operation for a special event like a wedding or a holiday. Others find that, due to work commitments, the uncertainty of when they will get their appointment or operation causes problems, especially for those who run their own business. Private patients can also choose the consultant they wish to see. NHS patients are not always given a choice, or they me be treated by a member of a consultant’s team rather than the named consultant.
Private patients also benefit from the assistance of Duchy Hospital’s Private Patient Coordinator, Lucy Moyse. “We understand that coming into hospital can be a stressful and worrying time,” explains Lucy. “Our aim is to make it as easy and straightforward as we can. We’ll support you with every stage of care, from referral to discharge. This includes helping you deal with your medical insurance, arranging transport, even making sure a copy of your favourite newspaper is delivered to your room.”
Private healthcare enables choice, convenience and an experience designed around you and your needs. And it’s more affordable than you may think. Duchy Hospital offers Total Care Packages for many treatments, giving a total price for treatment without any unexpected extras. Interest free finance is also available to spread the cost.
"...helping you deal with your medical insurance, arranging transport, even making sure a copy of your favourite newspaper is delivered to your room."