Once your doctor advises referral to a specialist you are entitled to an NHS referral or you can elect to see a consultant privately. If you do this you are advised to make an appointment directly with the consultant’s secretary. If you would inform the secretary of the consultants name and date of appointment a referral letter can be typed for you to collect to take with you to the appointment. If an NHS appointment has already been organised then the patient is responsible for its cancellation.
The Health Authority is quite strict in observing the regulations that NHS and private care cannot be mixed. The referring doctor is usually able to complete the appropriate section in your insurance company's forms but this does incur a fee.