What do I need for my first consultation?
A referral letter from either your general practitioner or physiotherapist is required if you are paying with private health insurance. You should also bring your insurance policy number and pre-authorisation code for the consultation.
Details of any investigations and the original scans or previous correspondence should also be brought with to the consultation.
How long will the consultation last?
The new patient consultation can last up to 30 minutes. It is important to note that some conditions are relatively simple and some complex and the timing may vary as necessary to make sure you have clearly understood the suspected pathology and the management plan. Follow up appointments can last up to 15 minutes but again can vary.
How much does a consultation cost?
For insured patients, prices are set according to the scales produced by the major insurance companies, and Mr. Mathew is recognized by most major insurance providers.
If you a self pay patient Mr. Mathew’s fee for an initial consultation is £180 and a follow up consultation fee is £140. Further pricing information can be provided upon request. The individual hospitals may have their own charges for investigations and medications.
Will I need any scans or x-rays?
Most Insurance companies cover x-rays as part of the initial authorisation, but please check first. Most Orthopaedic conditions will require an x-ray, which can usually be done on the same day.Scans, however are usually performed on a separate day and a follow up appointment is required to discuss the results. Scans (MRI, CT, and ultrasound) are expensive and the insurance companies almost always require authorization. If however you are a self-pay patient the Hospital will charge you directly for x-rays and scans.
What if I need Surgery?
The decision for surgery is not always easy and adequate time will be offered to ensure you understand what is involved. Once you have decided on surgery you will be consented for the operation and Mr. Mathew will provide you with an OPCS code. Once you have been given the OPCS code you should inform your insurance company to obtain authorization. Occasionally multiple OPCS codes are required for one operation and this would represent two or more different procedures being performed in the one operation.
In the days before your scheduled procedure, the hospital will contact you and give you the information you need for the day of surgery.
What if things go wrong?
Complications are fortunately quite rare in hand and wrist surgery. However they still can occur. Mr. Mathew and his team through close post-operative inspections and clinical review would hopefully identify problems early so that they can be rectified.
In an emergency please call the hospital directly; and contact Mr. Mathew directly through the practice manager.
- WRIST ARTHROSCOPY
- JOINT REPLACEMENT
- LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION
- FRACTURE FIXATION
Alternate Saturdays 9:00 to 11:00 Tel: 020 8505 3311
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