Developing neurological symptoms can be frightening and a source of great anxiety. It’s natural that if you feel something isn’t quite right, you want to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible, but long waiting lists and the need for referrals can elongate the process, adding to your stress. This is why many people consider booking an appointment to see a neurologist privately.
In this article, we’re going to explore some of the main benefits of booking a private neurology appointment, as well as what one entails and some top things for you to consider before doing so.
5 Benefits of Booking a Private Neurology Appointment
There are lots of benefits to seeing a private neurologist, but we’ve highlighted the five main advantages below:
1. Reduced appointment waiting times
One of the most advantageous aspects of attending a private neurology clinic like Dementech is that we offer reduced appointment waiting times. Instead of waiting for weeks or even months for an appointment through the NHS, you can often be seen within days, or even the same day, with a private neurologist. This can be particularly important if you are experiencing disruptive or concerning symptoms that are impacting your day-to-day life and your overall wellbeing, such as those associated with brain and spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, dementia, or debilitating migraines, as a few examples.
2. See a neurologist at your first consultation
At Dementech, you have the opportunity to see one of our leading consultant neurologists at your first consultation. In the NHS, you may need to see your GP first, who then refers you to a neurologist. This process can add additional waiting time before you can see a specialist. By seeing a private neurologist directly, you can receive a quicker and more accurate diagnosis, leading to better outcomes for most neurological disorders overall.
3. No GP referral needed
No GP referral is needed when booking a private neurology appointment. You can self-refer directly to Dementech without the need to see your GP first. This can save time and can be particularly useful if your GP has a long waiting list for referrals, or if you have already seen your GP and they have not been able to provide a referral for you.
4. Faster diagnosis
A faster diagnosis can usually be achieved through a private neurology appointment. Here at Dementech, we have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and can often provide same-day testing, with results typically available within 48 hours. This can help you to receive a faster diagnosis, which is essential when it comes to treating neurological conditions effectively.
5. Access to newer treatments
Access to newer treatments is another benefit of using a private neurology service. Private clinics such as Dementech Neurosciences often have access to new treatments that are not yet available through the NHS, including clinical trials for conditions such as dementia, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. This can give you access to potentially life-changing treatments that are not yet widely available.
3 Things to Consider When Booking a Private Neurology Appointment
Though there are many benefits to seeing a neurologist at a private clinic, there are a few things you need to be mindful of.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that private neurology clinics are not free at the point of access like the NHS. This means you’ll either need to check with your healthcare insurer before your appointment if your coverage includes the type of care you’re seeking, or you’ll need to make sure you can cover the upfront costs yourself. At Dementech, we don’t presently offer finance solutions. We require payment prior to any appointments or neurology tests you have or undertake.
2. NHS waiting lists
A common misconception is that if you choose to see a private neurologist, you will be taken off the NHS waiting list. This isn’t the case. Private healthcare does not impact your standing or right to care within the NHS. For example, if you’re on a three-month waiting list to see a neurologist within the NHS, and you choose to arrange a private appointment with a neurologist at Dementech, you will still be able to see the NHS neurologist in three months’ time if you wish.
3. Information sharing
At Dementech, we believe in well-rounded, consistent care across the board. This means that if you attend a private appointment and decide to continue with NHS care, we will gladly share details of your appointments, tests, and results with your GP or other healthcare provider, with your consent.
Choosing the Best Private Neurologist
If you’re considering booking a private neurology appointment, it’s important to choose the right neurologist for your needs. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the best private neurologist for you:
Qualifications and Experience
One of the most important things to think about when choosing a private neurologist is their qualifications and experience. You want to make sure that the neurologist you choose is properly qualified and has experience in treating the condition you are seeking treatment for.
At Dementech Neurosciences, we have a team of highly qualified and experienced neurologists who are experts in their field. Our team has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of neurological conditions and movement disorders, including dementia, epilepsy, dystonia, Huntington’s disease, MS, and Parkinson’s disease. We welcome questions about the specialists we have and how we can find a neurologist that best aligns with your needs.
Location and Availability
Another important factor to consider when choosing a private neurologist is their location and availability. You want to make sure that the neurologist you choose is easily accessible and has appointments available when you need them.
At Dementech, we are based centrally on London’s Wimpole Street – and our clinic is open seven days a week, 8am to 8pm. We also offer virtual appointments for those who are unable to visit our clinics in person, ensuring you can access us when you need us, in a way that suits you.
If you have a specific neurological condition, you may want to choose a neurologist who specialises in that condition. Specialised neurologists have in-depth knowledge and experience in treating specific conditions and may be better equipped to provide the care you need.
At Dementech, our neurologists have a wide range of specialties, including movement disorders and neuropsychiatry. We also have a team of specialist nurses and allied health professionals who work alongside our neurologists to provide comprehensive care for our patients, giving you the very best care available.
Finally, it’s important to choose a neurologist who provides patient-centred care. This means that they take the time to listen to your concerns, explain your diagnosis and treatment options, and involve you in the decision-making process.
At Dementech, we pride ourselves on providing outstanding patient-centred care. We take the time to listen to our patients’ concerns, answer their questions, and involve them in the decision-making process. We also provide personalised treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
There are lots of things to consider when picking a neurologist, so if you want to learn more about what to look out for, read our blog on what to look for when choosing a private neurology professional.
Book a Private Neurology Appointment at Dementech
If you would like to find out more about booking an appointment with one of our private neurologists, please contact us. Alternatively, book an appointment online.
How much does it cost to see a private neurologist in the UK?
The price it costs to see a private neurologist will vary depending on the clinic you go to and the services / testing you require. To find out more about our pricing, please call us on 0203 848 4500.
How do I see a private neurologist in the UK?
To see a private neurologist in the UK, you will need to find a clinic and make an appointment. At Dementech, you can book an appointment online, or you can call us on 0203 848 4500 to book an appointment.
What is the waiting time to see a neurologist?
The waiting time to see a neurologist depends on what clinic you go to. At Dementech, we try our best to see patients the same day where possible, but generally speaking, appointments can be made within a week.
What is an urgent neurology referral?
An urgent neurology referral on the NHS means you’ll be referred to a specialist at a hospital within two weeks; however, when you choose to see a private neurologist, you won’t need a referral and will meet with a specialist on your first visit.
What does a neurologist do on your first visit?
During your first visit, you will meet with a neurologist who will go through an assessment with you. They will ask you questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history (including familial), and may go through some cognitive and movement tests with you. They will then determine if you need further testing and arrange that with you.