As a parent, your main concern is the safety and wellbeing of your child. You want to make sure that they are in the best possible health, but if something does go wrong, that they have access to the highest standard of healthcare available. The NHS does an outstanding job of looking after paediatric patients, but sometimes, you might see fit to go down the private paediatric neurology route.
There are lots of reasons why you might consider taking your child to a private neurologist, with the choice of doing so bringing with it several benefits. This isn’t to say that the care offered on the NHS is always sub-par or of a lower quality, because that isn’t true – but that private healthcare can be a more suitable option for specific patients in certain circumstances.
Dementech Neurosciences, we provide a private neurology service for children with a range of conditions, and the way in which our services are administered can differ from NHS services. With this in mind, we’re going to be talking about some of the benefits of seeing a private paediatric neurologist.
No long waiting lists to see a consultant
One of the main issues facing the NHS at the moment is long waiting times. For some patients with certain conditions, this may not be too much of an issue, but for children with a neurological condition, long waiting times can have a knock-on effect on development and growth. Some neurological disorders can impact the growth and development of children, and this may affect them socially and academically. This is why rapid treatment and symptom management is so important, but with such long delays, that isn’t always possible on the NHS.
When you make the decision to see a private neurologist, you can rest assured that the waiting list for treatments and appointments won’t affect your child’s health. At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer same-day appointments to children of all ages, as well as tests and scans being carried out on the same day as the consultation.
This not only means that a diagnosis can be reached earlier, but it also means treatment can start much earlier. Most neurological disorders can’t be cured, only managed, so the key is to start treatment as early as possible so that symptoms don’t progress as quickly. This is made possible by our commitment to a fast and efficient service.
On top of the health benefits of no waiting lists, being able to carry out tests and scans at the same time as a consultation means that your child won’t need to be disrupted and attend several appointments. We realise this can be stressful for children, especially those with neurological conditions, which is why we try to make the process easier wherever possible.
Looking at appointments in more detail, there is often little scope for negotiation regarding appointment days and times on the NHS. This is because of the sheer number of patients that need to be seen and the logistics of handling every case. Unfortunately, this can mean taking your child out of school or having them miss another activity in order to make the appointment.
At Dementech Neurosciences, we are dedicated to helping parents and their children in any way we can, and that’s why we offer flexible appointments that work around you. Our London clinic is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm, giving you more leeway to choose an appointment that suits you.
Medical appointments can be scary for both parents and children, but our location and flexible opening hours mean you can make the most of your visit and plan a fun day out. We are based in central London, just behind the iconic Oxford Street, so there’s plenty to see and do nearby that can help your child relax and focus on something other than their health.
And of course, if you’re unable to attend the clinic, one of our private paediatric neurologists will be able to speak to you on the phone or via a video call.
Same-day paediatric neurology consultations and testing
As mentioned, our private neurologists offer same-day consultations and testing where possible. The benefit of this is that you don’t need to worry about waiting a long time to see a specialist, nor do you need to worry about having to schedule several appointments weeks or months in advance.
During your initial consultation, the neurologist will discuss symptoms and do relevant assessments to test things like memory and coordination, before sending your child for more advanced tests using our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
Having tests done on the same day is convenient for you and your child, but it’s also better for your neurologist as it means a diagnosis can be reached earlier and treatment can begin faster.
Access to brand new, innovative technology and treatments for neurological disorders
Another major benefit of choosing to see a private neurologist is that you have access to new technologies and treatments as and when they’re made available. The NHS can often be slow to adopt new technology and treatments because it’s restricted by budgets, and often can’t afford to have any service disruptions; but private clinics aren’t bound by the same restrictions.
Dementech Neurosciences is located on Wimpole Street in central London. This street is well known for its rich and long medical history, being revered the world over for its medical excellence. Some of the best clinicians in the world work along Wimpole Street, including at Dementech. Our position makes us privileged enough to have access to some of the most advanced labs and facilities in the world which we can use to provide an accurate diagnosis and better the outcome for our young patients.
We are at the forefront of new medical advances and can provide patients with access to the very latest medical advances. From brand new testing machines like private MRI and CT scanners, through to clinical trials for novel pharmaceutical drugs, our private neurologists can offer a wider spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options than might be available on the NHS.
See a private paediatric neurologist at Dementech Neurosciences
If your child has a neurological disorder and you want to explore what options the private healthcare sector can offer them, or if you are concerned about your child and think they might have a neurological disorder, Dementech Neurosciences can help. We can even provide a second opinion if your child has been diagnosed elsewhere – wherever that might be in the world.
Our team of private paediatric neurologists have decades of experience between them and are among the most knowledgeable and reputable in their field, all registered with the British Paediatric Neurology Association. Most completed their general paediatric training and are registered with the Royal College of Paediatrics, and Child Health making them experts in these fields. They work with both NHS and private patients, and are often at the forefront of academic breakthroughs in the field of child health and neurology.
Some of the areas our neurologists specialise in under our paediatric services include:
- Childhood epilepsy
- Brain tumours
- Hearing and visual impairments
- Brain infections/inflammation
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral palsy
- Neurogenetic disorders
Our standard of private paediatric neurology care is second to none. You can rest assured that your child is in the best possible hands at our clinic. To find out more about how we can support you and your child, please get in touch with us today.
Please note that we are a private neurology practice. We do not offer finance plans at present which means you need to pay for all appointments prior to commencement. Please speak to your healthcare insurer before booking treatments if this is the route you’re going down.
If your child is currently receiving treatment on the NHS or is on a waiting list, coming to our clinic for a paediatric neurology consultation won’t affect this. We will even send a full report of our findings to your child’s GP if you consent for us to share their information.