How do private hospitals work in the UK?
Private healthcare providers run independently of the NHS and often have an advantage over the NHS in that they can offer faster treatment at a time to suit you. You can also often choose your Consultant, having been recommended by previous experience, personal recommendation or from a review site such as Doctify.
It’s important to remember that seeing a Consultant privately doesn’t affect your access to NHS services. Once you’ve had a private consultation, you can either choose to pay privately for your treatment or wait for NHS treatment.