For some people, NHS waiting times are a source of mild annoyance, but for others, they can be potentially much more serious. If you need a procedure and feel you can’t wait any longer, then Hospitalsconsultants’ pre-booking service may be perfect for you. This website lists over 30 hospitals in the UK and France that may be able to fast-track your operation.
All you have to do is search the site for your procedure and supply a few personal details. You won’t necessarily need to be a private healthcare policy holder either – in some cases, you may be able to have the cost of your treatment covered by the NHS.
The kinds of procedures available are many and varied: hip replacement, carpal tunnel surgery, knee surgery, varicose veins treatment, arthroscopic knee surgery, femoral hernia, cataract surgery, to name but a few. Hospitals like the Basildon University Hospital (shown below) also offer PET scans, which can detect cancers and other medical conditions.
All of the hospitals featured on the site have their own dedicated section listing the procedures they carry out, patient reviews and other useful information, as can be seen on this page on the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford: http://www.hospitalsconsultants.uk/hospital/royal-surrey-county-hospital-guildford/