What to do first

Talk to your General Practitioner

If you would like to arrange a private consultation, please talk to your own general practitioner to discuss this and to request referral.

In certain situations a GP referral is not always necessary, for example if you wish to transfer to private care from the NHS. If you have any queries about this, please contact your Consultant’s secretary by telephone or email.

Talk to your Private Medical Insurance Provider

All our Consultants are recognised by most major private medical insurers. Most insurers require patients to be referred by a general practitioner for specialist care and we do advise all patients to liaise with their insurers prior to attending in order to ensure that their policy will cover them fully for the consultation. You will be required to bring your insurance membership or policy number with you to the first appointment together with a pre-authorisation number or code, if this has been issued to you by your insurer. 

Self-paying patients

We are always happy to look after uninsured patients. Please see the Fees page for more details regarding Consultation fees. Please contact the private hospital if you have any queries regarding hospital fees for additional procedures. Alternatively please contact your Consultant’s secretary by telephone or email and they will be delighted to help provide any information for you.

Making your Appointment

Your appointment may be made in a variety of ways:-

By telephone –
Either you or your GP may telephone to arrange the appointment via the Appointments Desk at your preferred Clinic venue. Please ensure that you bring your referral letter with you to the appointment if arranging the consultation yourself.

York: Nuffield Hospital Appointments T: 01904 715111

Harrogate: BMI Duchy Hospital Appointments T: 01423 567136

Scarborough: Private Patient Unit T: 01723 368111


By post or email-
If your GP sends a referral by post or email, you or your doctor can then contact the Appointments Desk at your chosen Clinic location in order to arrange your first visit.

If you experience any difficulty getting through to the Hospital Appointments Desk, please contact your Consultant’s secretary by telephone or email and they will be delighted to help you.