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NHS Myths


From time to time we do hear feedback about the myths surrounding referral of NHS patients, so we would like take this opportunity to correct some of the current misunderstandings and help you get to know Rivers Hospital better.

Did you know...

  • All private providers are paid the same as NHS providers under the agreed national tariff for inpatient and outpatient procedures. It does not cost any more for an NHS patient to have outpatient treatments or diagnostic scans at Rivers Hospital.

  • Rivers Hospital's contract with the NHS does not allow us to ‘cherry-pick’ patients. All patients who consultants deem appropriate for care at Rivers Hospital are treated.

  • We regularly admit patients over the age of 70 years. We are committed to patient safety so all patients, regardless of age, have a pre-operative assessment by a member of our nursing team and a consultant anaesthetist, if necessary. Following this, if the patient is deemed fit for surgery and anaesthetically stable, an admission date will be confirmed.

  • Some NHS patients avoid choosing Rivers Hospital because they are worried that there may be additional charges. There are NO hidden fees or charges for patients who choose to have their NHS treatment at Rivers Hospital.

  • Rivers  Hospital is proud to provide consultant led care throughout the patient's NHS pathway.

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Referral Process

  • Simply send a referral letter via our secure online system or post.

  • In the meantime your patient can contact their local Ramsay Hospital directly to arrange a convenient appointment.

  • If the patient does not contact us we will contact them to arrange an appointment according to the details provided on the referral.

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