Frequently Asked Questions About Our Practice

We understand patients can be nervous about their first GI consultation. Some FAQs are listed here but if you can not find the answer to your query please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

How do I make an appointment

Making an appointment with the GI Doctors is easy. Simply complete the contact form on this page or call  0207 8715388 and a member of the team will get back to you shortly.

How long will it take to be seen?

One of the reasons we formed a group of gastrointestinal specialists, is to ensure your waiting times are as short as possible. Our waiting times do vary depending on demand and our appointment allocation is based on the urgency of your case. If you call and speak with our experienced team they can advise you of our next available appointment. We will spend as much time as needed discussing your symptoms so we can be sure that you receive the best possible care. We use the latest medical technology to test for various conditions and we have years of experience in digestive disorders. We make a commitment to all our patients that we will offer prompt diagnostic tests so there is minimal waiting and worrying. Our aim is to reassure you so you are able to make educated decisions about your health, with our guidance.

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    Do I need a referral from my GP to see your doctors?

    A referral from a GP is one way to get an appointment with one of our doctors, however, you can also book independently if you prefer

    Can I choose which doctor I see?

    Of course, if there is one of our doctors that you have been recommended, then this can be arranged. However, whilst all our doctors are highly experienced, some may have particular expertise in a condition, treatment or surgery technique so we may also suggest which doctor would be most suitable to take care of you. At times there may also be more than one doctor involved in treating you, where you can benefit from their combined expertise.

    Do I need private medical insurance to be treated?

    No, private medical insurance isn’t required. There are self-pay options available to all our patients too.

    What payment options are there for me?

    Generally, there are two payment options:
    1. Private medical insurance
    2. Self-pay

    Find out more on our Fees & Insurance page.

    How much will my consultation or treatment cost?

    Treatment costs vary. Find out more on our Fees & Insurance page. Our doctors will discuss all possibilities with you in advance, as we always aim to be completely transparent about the costs of our consultations and treatment.

    Can I be treated if I live overseas and am visiting the UK?

    Yes, we look after many overseas patients

    Can the NHS pay for my treatment?

    GI Doctors is a private clinic, which isn’t funded by the NHS. Payment options are either through private medical insurance or self-paying. Our consultants do hold NHS posts alongside their consultancy for GI Doctors but this route to diagnosis and treatment would need to be made in a different way, and usual waiting times would apply.

    How do I know your consultants are suitable to treat me?

    Our consultants have extensive experience diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal disorders. To find out more about our consultants visit our Meet the Doctors page.

    What is the difference between an outpatient and an inpatient?

    An outpatient means you do not need a bed for the night and your visit to the clinic will be short, usually for a consultation, a scan or a simple procedure. An inpatient means you will need to spend at least one night in the hospital, either to recover or for a series of treatments.

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