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Information on Treatment

Amazing what changes have taken place since I was young. If you needed an operation or some form of other treatment years ago the Doctor just told you it was needed and did not expect to get questioned about it but today the reverse seems to be true where planned hospital treatment is concerned.
Attended a meeting with someone who required a small operation the other day and every bit of what was going to happen was explained in layman's terms about the operation this included what could go wrong along with how many cases per thousand where it had gone wrong or the operation was unsuccessful. I assume the information being provided was based of various outcomes of that particular operation.
Whilst I would want as much information as possible about any surgical or medical procedures carried out on me I did wonder if this mass of information might put some people off having the treatment. On a more cynical note I wondered if by providing this detailed information the outcome was not as expected there would be no chance of taking action against the hospital as full information had been provided about the possible dangers prior to signing the consent form.
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Methinks the cynic gets my vote.  Smiley That plus the medical profession is now competing against Dr Internet.
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doris you are being very generous again  Smiley
Reallity would make that 2 minutes Wink Roll eyes
I think it may be an informed decision aka a ploy to lesson the amount if operations by psychological means in a bid to save money, however I could be wrong but that's what immediately springs to mind Wink
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Personally, I have only had one operation, which was....... ( nah... not gonna tell ya  !... )  but on that occasion I was told by the doc to see a specialist.... went down to hospital, saw him, he said a lot of stuff, and I immediately forgot every word.... booked into the hospital a couple of days before the op was due.... had a nice rest.... got prepped up, and then the sister came round and said, did I understand I was going for an op... ?  Yes..... can you sign this.... Yes... signed it... got knocked out by the pre med... came to, some time later ... all done.... Even now, I couldn`t say "exactly" what they did, and I don`t want to know... !..
If I had to have another op, I would be of the same mind..... and say... "Don`t give me all the gory details, just book me in, get it done and send me home when I`m ready "...  Inside, I shall be scared as hell, knowing they are going to cut me open and try to fix me up and then sew me up like an old handbag repair.... but... really, I don`t want to know the details...
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Well as most of you know I had a bit of a nasty one last year. No point rehashing old turf but I will say I couldn't recommend my NHS hospitals trust and nor could I recommend it to anyone else.
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Equally there are no guarantees even if you go to a private hospital !
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Yeah I've heard of private hospitals screwing up and sending their patients to the NHS A&E via ambulance  Crazy
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Must say that my two major ops, at High Wycombe General and St Mary's Paddington, were fully explained in advance by consultant surgeons.
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Yeah I've heard of private hospitals screwing up and sending their patients to the NHS A&E via ambulance  Crazy

A somewhat emotive statement.  What you must remember is that the consultant operating on you will possibly be the same person in the local NHS or Private hospital. One big difference is that in the private sector you are guaranteed to be operated on by the consultant and not a more junior doctor as sometimes happens in an NHS hospital.
The one thing to remember is that private hospitals only deal in elective cases and not emergency work. They generally do not have ICUs so if something goes wrong and a patient requires IC he is transferred to the NHS. This is standard practice and an agreed procedure.
The private sector has an important role in care. In addition to the treatment being consultant led the other advantages are convenience of when a patient has an operation and the additional hotel facilities provided.
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I've been under the same consultant both privately and on the NHS at separate times for the same illness.
The difference...
... the consultation rooms were luxurious and plush in the private sector.
The treatment was basically the same for both although I would say that those in the NHS seemed to have a better understand of my needs and what was required by them.

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I've been under the same consultant both privately and on the NHS at separate times for the same illness.

Me too and there's little or no effective difference.
I remember my consultant (who did the initial diagnosis under employers medical insurance) saying he'd assumed he would be seeing me in due course at his regular clinics at the local NHS hospital.
This happens to be nearer home as well.  Smiley
The only real difference is less comfortable seats in the waiting area and no free (but bad) coffee and paying to park (balanced by a shorter drive).
I could go free on the bus but that takes ages.  Cry
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Not sure if it still applies now but one difference between the NHS and Paid for private care was that in the case of the latter you were seen quicker and were admitted quicker.
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Was for me. In 2004 referred to private consultant on the Monday, admitted on the Wednesday.
Mid 2009 referred to same consult under the NHS - admitted during April 2010. I will say it was a different hospital, though.

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Generally it is right that you get quicker treatment privately than on the NHS.
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I've been under the same consultant both privately and on the NHS at separate times for the same illness.
The difference...
... the consultation rooms were luxurious and plush in the private sector.
The treatment was basically the same for both although I would say that those in the NHS seemed to have a better understand of my needs and what was required by them.

The consultant who nearly killed me also does private work too. Would I contact him for private treatment? Never.
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Generally it is right that you get quicker treatment privately than on the NHS.

Why? Why should those with money be offered a faster service than those without?
Does being rich make you more important then?
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