At Benenden Hospital, we believe the first step to taking care of your health is to get any health concerns you may have checked as soon as possible. No matter how minor a problem you think it is, your health is a priority, and it could help to prevent a larger health issue from developing.
Don’t wait to book an appointment
Many people don’t book an appointment to see their GP out of fear of being seen as a nuisance or for wasting a doctor’s time. However, by delaying seeking help, your health concern could worsen which could heighten your stress and anxiety.
Our private GP service is available for you to have fast access to a 25-minute face to face appointment. You can discuss your health problem without feeling rushed and our expert GPs will listen and help to relieve any worries you have.
Your health is always a priority at Benenden Hospital. Use our online booking tool to arrange your appointment today.
What conditions can I make a private GP appointment for?
If you're looking for a private GP in Kent or East Sussex, we see patients with the following health concerns including:
- Abdominal aches and pains
- Back problems
- Blood pressure
- Bowel problems
- Concerns about cholesterol
- Digestive health
- Earache, sore throat or swallowing problems
- Eye problems
- General aches and pains
- General health concerns
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint pain and possible arthritis
- Men’s health
- Skin complaints, including cysts, acne and dermatitis
- Sleep concerns
- Stress or anxiety
- Urinary problems
- Women’s health - Our female GPs can also discuss HRT, osteoporosis and bone health, incontinence, family planning and menstrual health
For helpful tips, treatment information and symptom support on any of the above topics, you can access our health news section on our website to read a variety of useful articles.
What health checks should I be doing regularly?
1. Blood pressure
High blood pressure can result in major health risks such as heart failure, kidney disease, strokes and heart attacks. Read our article to stay on top of your blood pressure
2. Skin check
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. By checking your skin once a month for changes in moles or new growths, you could catch melanoma before it spreads. Know what to look out for in your moles.
3. Testicular checks
Checking your testicles for abnormal lumps or swellings is so important to identify the early signs or testicular cancer. Want to know more about prostate and testicular health? Learn how to perform a testicular self-examination here
4. Breast checks
It is important to be familiar with how your breasts feel at different points in your menstrual cycle. If you notice any changes in your breasts such as lumps, thickening, bumps, skin or nipple changes, it’s best to visit your doctor as this could be a sign of cancer
5. Waist fat measurement and blood sugar levels
Regardless of your BMI, if your waist is 94cm or more for a man or 80cm or more for a woman, you should try to lose weight otherwise you’re at risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Testing your blood sugar levels, especially if you’re showing common signs of diabetes such as increased thirst and blurred vision or headaches, will help you to manage your levels before they’re irreversible. Read our article to learn how to manage your diabetes
How do I get diagnosed?
If, after you’ve carried out a self-examination or are experiencing any abnormal symptoms, you should go to your doctor and then they can refer you to us for further tests and scans.
We offer fast access to the following private medical tests and health scans:
- 24 hour blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)
- Audiology services and hearing tests
- Barium studies
- Blood tests
- Cardiology services
- Heart monitoring
- CT coronary angiogram
- Diagnostic skin biopsies
- Neurophysiology tests
- Nerve conduction studies - EMG
- Urine test
- CT scan
- General X-rays
- MRI scan
Access our private GP service and diagnostic tests and scans
If you are worried about a health issue, it’s important to get checked out sooner rather than later. Getting a rapid diagnosis will alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with waiting for test and scan results. The diagnostics suite at our CQC rated Outstanding hospital provides a safe and comfortable environment for a range of self-pay tests and scans, quickly getting you the result you need.
Alternatively, our private GPs are on hand to advise. Our male and female GPs can discuss any health concerns, during a 25-minute face-to-face appointment. You can book your appointment for a time that suits you by using our online booking system.
Published on 21 November 2022