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hiAfter 8 weeks of waiting to see a bowel specialist and still not having a firm appointment i am thinking of going private, has anybody else took this route in the UK, did you find it better/quicker than the NHS and how much did it cost? Looking forward to receiving some feedback to help me decide
 

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Yes, if you can afford it, you should do it! Really ... don't even think about it. NHS sucks!...LOL I said this before
)how can they make you wait for so long to get an appointment?...you could die in the mean time as far as they're concerned and they wouldn't care less! It is unfortunate that free medical service also means #### medical service! I'd rather pay some money and know somebody would receive me right away...not in about a century when my illness has gotten worse!
 

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hiAfter 8 weeks of waiting to see a bowel specialist and still not having a firm appointment i am thinking of going private, has anybody else took this route in the UK, did you find it better/quicker than the NHS and how much did it cost? Looking forward to receiving some feedback to help me decide
I have seen a lot of doctors privately (about 16) and also on the NHS (about 5), all for my digestive system problem. The first thing you have to realise is that the doctors in the private sector are exactly the same as in the NHS; in fact there are quite a few doctors in the NHS who do not do private work.When I see doctors privately I have noticed that often you do not get as much time with them as you do on the NHS. I believe the reason for this is that they do not like to keep thier private patients waiting and so they stick to their times. This does mean of course that when you are given an appointment privately you time is normally kept to.With regard to costs you can expect to pay between £150 to £300 for an initial consultation and between £150 to £250 for a follow up consultation.I have had quite a few tests done privately. A colonoscopy cost £1600. If you want to know about other tests let me know.I can promise you that the only advantage of going private is the the speed you can see a doctor, normally a few days. Whereas as you know the NHS have to see a patient in no more than 18 weeks. However I can also assure you that the standard of care is no better as the doctors are the same and I said you often get a longer consultation on the NHS.It is worth pointing out that now you can see any doctor in the UK at any hospital you wish although the waiting time will be the same. The most important thing is to find the right doctor who will really try to help you. You would be amazed at the differences of opinions I have recieved but I am sure that is the same the world over.Any questions, just ask.Good luck.
 

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If I had the money I would go private without a thought. You should go for it. I have had months to wait for appointments and then been referred to another place and had to wait another 2 months, then somewhere else - another couple of months. If I had bowel cancer I would have been dead by the time I actually had a test. The amount of waiting is ridiculous. At a time when I had really got to the point where I just couldn't deal with it anymore and seriously just wanted it all to end, having to wait all that time for a bit of help was too long. All the people that helped me with the tests were lovely and good at what they did but it was just such along time to wait. It was months and months in the end. It did rule out some things that could have been the problem but didn't do anything to really help. If I won the lottery tomorrow I would definitely go to Private heathcare without looking back.Yep it is probably the same doctors but because you are paying they do more to help, more quickly. No huge waiting lists and seen a.s.a.p.
 

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If I had the money I would go private without a thought. You should go for it. I have had months to wait for appointments and then been referred to another place and had to wait another 2 months, then somewhere else - another couple of months. If I had bowel cancer I would have been dead by the time I actually had a test. The amount of waiting is ridiculous. At a time when I had really got to the point where I just couldn't deal with it anymore and seriously just wanted it all to end, having to wait all that time for a bit of help was too long. All the people that helped me with the tests were lovely and good at what they did but it was just such along time to wait. It was months and months in the end. It did rule out some things that could have been the problem but didn't do anything to really help. If I won the lottery tomorrow I would definitely go to Private heathcare without looking back.Yep it is probably the same doctors but because you are paying they do more to help, more quickly. No huge waiting lists and seen a.s.a.p.
Claireuk - I am sorry Claire but you are wrong when you say "because you are paying they do more to help" that is simply not true. It really isn't believe me. I have spent a total of £20,000 on private care in the last 18mths and I have also seen a number of doctors and had a number of tests done on the NHS. I have seen some of the best doctors in the UK. If you really have IBS then the best you are going to get from the doctors are anti-depressants, anti-spasmodics, some sort of fibre supplements, something for GERD if you have GERD, and if you are really lucky a course of hypnotherapy. I can honestly tell you that I have learned more about IBS and much more and varied possible treatments from this site and one or two others than I have from any of the doctors. However, if you believe that you don't have IBS or there is a chance that you don't then this is where a good doctor might come into their own; having said that the differences of opinions that I have had is frightening. I should say that my symptoms do not fit those of classic IBS. The problem with IBS and other functional problems is that there is no definitive test and equally other problems can mimic those of IBS.Going Private means that you will be seen more quickly and when you get to your appt you will be seen on time, but the level of care you get will not be better AND you may only be seen for 15-20mins.
 

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My experience of going private is that you are seen quickly. I was given ample time at my appts and the doc referred me back into the NHS for my planned gallbladder operation. The NHS doc i saw completely ruled out my gallbladder as a possible cause. Well not quite..but he said he would do no further tests on it.The Doc i saw privately thought my gallbladder could be to blame in view of all other tests coming back negative and was an avenue that needed to be seriously considered. So i did...and it's coming out in 12 days time!
 

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Claireuk - if you do get some money and go private you will likely be seen more quickly, but by the same doctors that, say, I would see on the NHS. As I see it, the only advantage is the speed of consultation, and if you are admitted into a private hospital, the luxurious surroundings.You said that if you had had bowel cancer you would have died by the time your appointment came round, but I think you would have been showing definite signs of cancer, say like bleeding and loss of weight, and they would have brought your appointment forward much sooner. They have to see patients with cancer symptoms within two weeks, I'm sure. That was my experience, anyway.Hope you are not too bad just now.
 

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You are right about the two week suspected cancer referral time (in the UK)......that is of course if your GP suspects cancer (there are red flag indicators for cancer that doctors look for in symptoms).
 

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Hi all, thanks for the reply, heres a update: unfortunatley on Monday evening the pain got so severe that my other half rushed me to A & E where thankfully they rushed me throught the que to see the doctors, after a few shots of morphine the pain did get a bit better but they kept me in because i had blood in my urine, Over the next few days i had blood tests, a CT scan and a X ray on my stomach which all showed up.........................nothing! so it looks as though i have to live with the fact that i have IBS and there is no 'quick' fix for me to get better! There is still that small bit of me that says this can't be IBS as i have suffered with it for 10 years and have never felt the pain or the other symptoms that i have had for the past 10 weeks, but i have to trust what the doctors say! Thanks again for the replys xx
 
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