Thinking about using a private GP? We explore the benefits of using a service like Your GP Circle, now available at Chamberlain Clinic.
Shorter Waiting Times: According to a recent report by the NHS, the average waiting time to see a GP in the UK is around two weeks, with one in 15 of us waiting more than a month. In contrast, private GPs typically offer same-day or next-day appointments. This means you can get the care you need when you need it, without having that nervously long wait to see your doctor.
Longer Consultation Times: Private GPs typically offer longer consultation times than their NHS counterparts, allowing them to chat through your medical history in detail and perform a more thorough examination. According to a survey by the Private Practice Register, the average consultation time with a private GP is around 30 minutes, compared to around ten minutes in the NHS.
Access to Specialist Services: Private GPs have access to a wide range of additional services, such as physiotherapy, nutritionists and mental health. These may not be readily available through the NHS and even if they are, more often than not they have long waiting times.
More Personalised Care: Because a private GP tends to have more time to spend with each patient, they can build a better understanding of their lifestyle and condition. They can tailor their advice and treatment rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach.
Convenient Locations: Private GPs with practices in convenient locations - such as our clinic in Edgbaston - are easily accessible from home or the office. Particularly useful to those with busy schedules.
Access to Advanced Technology and Treatments: This can include things like diagnostic tests and innovative treatments for patients with complex or chronic medical conditions, who may require more advanced care.
Greater Flexibility: Face to face or video appointments can be offered outside of standard working hours or at weekends, meaning they fit in around you. At Chamberlain Clinic, Your GP Circle offers appointments from Monday through to Saturday, including evenings. There is no need to register or have health insurance, and there are no long waiting times for referrals or investigations.
If you are looking for more convenient, flexible and personalised healthcare, then a private GP may be the right choice for you. You can find out more about Your GP Circle here.