Fast track your treatment
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Our six-step process covers how you can pay for the treatment you need, when you need it. At Circle Health Group, you can pay for yourself (also known as self-pay or self-funding) for any of our treatments, at any of our hospitals. You can either pay in full or use one of our flexible payment plans to spread the cost across smaller monthly instalments.
Our step-by-step guide will tell you everything you need to know about accessing private healthcare on a pay-as-you-go basis. However, if you have insurance, read our guide to paying for healthcare with private health insurance.
Your private healthcare journey begins when you need to see a specialist (usually a consultant). Whether you have decided this for yourself or been advised by a healthcare professional, it can be a stressful time for you.
When you go private, you get fast access to a specialist. At Circle Health Group we don't have long waiting lists for consultations or for treatment. You'll usually be able to book an appointment within two or three days of getting in touch, and the whole process of treatment will move as quickly as it needs to.
In this guide, we'll cover:
Going private is simple when you choose Circle Health Group.
Some consultants will ask for a referral letter from your GP before they can book you in for an appointment. This is normally so that they can double-check that their medical expertise meets your needs (as confirmed by your GP's recommendation).
To find out if you will need a GP referral letter, call our friendly team of advisors on 0808 301 8606 or make an email enquiry. Tell them which consultant you would like to have treatment with, or which hospital you prefer, and they will let you know whether you need a GP referral letter.
If you do need a referral letter, speak to your GP surgery. You will usually need to have an appointment to discuss the referral, though sometimes this can be done over the phone. Either way, you should tell your GP that you want to go private with Circle Health Group, and share your research into which hospital and consultant you would like to see. They will take this into consideration when they refer you to a consultant.
Once you have your referral letter, you can book your chosen specialist through our easy online booking system.
If you don't want to wait for an appointment with your regular GP, you can use Livi to get a same-day virtual appointment with a GP, who can usually give you a referral letter within minutes. Digital healthcare provider Livi offers flexible appointment times to suit your schedule.
If you're paying for your own treatment, you can often book a private consultation without a GP referral letter, giving you even faster access to expert treatment.
Our friendly team of advisors can answer any questions about self-referral requirements before you book, simply give them a call on 0808 301 8606. Or, if you have already been advised that you can self-refer, simply book online using our our consultant finder.
The appointment will usually involve an analysis of your medical history as well as a physical examination. Your consultant might decide that you need scans or tests in order to confirm a diagnosis. For example an X-ray or some blood tests. If so, usually you'll be asked to come back at a later date to have these done. If you do need diagnostic tests, you might need a follow-up appointment with your consultant to discuss the results.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your consultant will talk you through their findings and what treatment options they recommend. Once you've both decided on the best course of action, they can tell you the cost of treatment, which will usually be in the form of a fixed-price package.
If you need surgery, your consultant will suggest when this could take place. Otherwise, you will leave your consultation with a series of treatment options to consider before receiving a letter at home, confirming your diagnosis and options.
Your consultant may confirm that you do not need further treatment after identifying your health issue. In this instance, you can return home with your query resolved.
We try and be as flexible as possible when it comes to scheduling treatment, so do talk to our team about what works best for you.
The rest of your treatment is paid for directly to Circle Health Group, and we require full payment in advance. We'll send a bill and give you all the information you need to pay, so it should be a straightforward process.
There are two ways to pay for your treatment with Circle:
You can pay the full price of your treatment in one go, using one of the following three methods:
Payment for a treatment can be made at any time via our automated payment line on 0808 301 8606.
You can send a cheque made payable to BMI Healthcare Collections. Please ensure that your hospital account number and invoice number are clearly written on the back of your cheque.
You can use our quick and easy to use online payment page to pay for pending treatment, or treatment you have already had.
If you would rather pay monthly for your private treatment, you can take advantage of our flexible payment options, offered in partnership with Chrysalis Finance.
This allows you to spread the cost of treatment over a period of your choice, from 12 months to five years, with interest-free credit on the first year. Our flexible payment options page can tell you more.
Whichever treatment option you need, our multidisciplinary team of specialist healthcare professionals offer expert care throughout your journey.
Find out what to expect when visiting Circle Health Group hospitals for treatment (for an overnight stay, or just for the day).
When your consultant puts together a treatment plan, they will have taken into consideration what support you will need during your recovery. You might need a course of medicine from our onsite pharmacy, or sessions with one of our chartered physiotherapists. Often we will schedule follow-up consultations to make sure everything is going as expected.
The cost of up to six months of aftercare is included in all our fixed price packages. This allows you to focus on getting better without having to worry about unexpected costs.
From your initial GP appointment right through to your aftercare, no question is unnecessary. Useful questions to ask your consultant along the way include:
If you are unsure about your invoice total following diagnostic testing during your consultation or at any other stage of your journey, ask your consultant or our nursing team for a cost breakdown consistently throughout each stage.
Cost-specific questions are always welcome.
At Circle Health Group, we believe health is wealth, and that choosing to pay for private treatment is a great investment in your quality of life.
If this guide hasn't told you everything you need to know about going private with Circle Health Group, simply give our team a call on 0808 301 8606 and we'll answer any questions you have.
Absolutely not. You can move between self-pay private medical treatment (UK) and the national health service as much as you like. If you are currently having NHS treatment and would like to switch to private healthcare, just give us a call. It may even be that you can stay with the same consultant.
The cost of private healthcare is different for every person. For more information about how we charge, as well as guide prices for some of our most common procedures, read our guide to self-pay prices.
We offer flexible payment options that can make the price of private healthcare very affordable, spreading the cost over anywhere from 12 months to five years.
Our consultants each set their own prices, so the fee for your initial consultation will depend on which specialist you choose. Some charge around £200, others more and others less.
The cost of your initial consultation will be confirmed before booking, so you know ahead of time how much you will need to pay.
After your initial consultation, if you choose to pay for your own treatment, the price of any further consultations will usually be included in your fixed-price package.