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NHS and Patient Choice: How to choose the right private hospital and health care provider.

Under the new NHS Choices initiative, NHS patients now have the right to choose where they receive their treatment or surgery. This radical expansion of patient choice means that patients will themselves be able to choose where they are treated from any hospital that meets NHS standards, including private hospitals.

NHS patients can make decisions about their treatment based on what is important to them, but making that choice can be difficult and confusing if you don’t know what type of questions to ask and where to resource the information to find out all you need to know.

For the last ten years, Private Healthcare UK has been helping people make informed decisions about private healthcare services and providers.

www.privatehealth.co.uk is a one-stop gateway to all aspects of private health care services, including private hospitals, private doctors and specialists.

The website’s Patient Advice and Education area contains information about operations and procedures and diseases and medical conditions. It also has many useful guides to various aspects of private treatment including a “Guide to Going Private” and “Questions to ask your doctor before an operation.”

The guide to going private helps patients with practical and invaluable advice to help them decide which is the best private hospital, clinic or specialist for their needs, whether they are researching treatment options through the NHS Patient Choice scheme, whether they have health insurance or they are paying directly for private treatment.

Keith Pollard of www.privatehealthcare.co.uk says “The information available on Private Healthcare UK is comprehensive, easy to understand and a reliable resource for those researching private healthcare options. We provide a one-stop gateway to private healthcare facilities through out the UK and the information available can help patients make the right decisions about their treatment options.”

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For further information please contact: Caroline Ratner at carolinecomms@gmail.com or call 020 8209 0120.

Editor’s Notes:

About Intuition Communication

Intuition Communication is the publisher of some of the UK’s most visited healthcare information sites attracting around 400,000 visits each month. Sites include Private Healthcare UK, the Harley Street Guide and Treatment Abroad..

www.privatehealthcare.co.uk is the leading web portal for private healthcare services in the UK and is the most visited resource for patients researching all aspects of private healthcare services ranging from private hospital treatment to private medical insurance

www.harleystreet.guide.co.uk - provides comprehensive information about this world famous area of medical excellence.

www.treatmentabroad.com - the UK's leading guide to health and medical tourism, covering over 30 destinations worldwide.

www.self-help.org.uk - a searchable database of over 1,000 self help organisations and support groups across the UK that provide support, guidance and advice to patients, carers and their relatives.

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