Patients consulting me should always have been referred with a letter by their GP or by another consultant practitioner. For obvious reasons, I will insist that my clinic letter goes to the GP and that they are kept fully in the picture at all stages.
A copy of my clinic letter to the GP (or other referrers) will be sent to the patient’s preferred contact address (including their email address, if requested), unless the patient has requested not to receive a copy.
I am registered as a provider with every major medical insurer. Insured patients should contact their insurer to obtain an authorisation code prior to a consultation with me and it is advisable that this is provided at the time of booking the appointment. Sometimes, insurers only cover a proportion of the consultation fee. If this is the case, the patient must recognise that, in consulting me, they are agreeing to pay promptly any shortfall not covered by their insurer as soon as they or we notify them of a shortfall.