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UK medical expertise

UK private hospitals and NHS hospitals that treat private patients from abroad offer medical expertise in many areas of healthcare. If you are having a standard procedure, such as cosmetic surgery, a hip replacement, or cardiac surgery, you have a wide choice of hospitals and clinics all over the UK.

The UK private healthcare system also has dedicated centres that concentrate on treatments and procedures that are more complex and bespoke. These are mainly based in and around London, and consultants who work privately also work within world-class specialist departments in NHS hospitals in the capital.

UK medical expertise in orthopaedics

Consultants in orthopaedics in the UK are highly trained and have a wealth of medical expertise in all types of orthopaedic surgery, including:

  • Hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing
  • Hand and wrist surgery – such as relieving carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Surgery to treat sports injuries
  • Foot and ankle surgery, including Achilles tendon repair

Orthopaedic affiliations

Orthopaedic surgeons are registered with the UK General Medical Council as orthopaedic specialists, and are often affiliated with well respected organisations such as the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the British Hip Society, the European Foot and Ankle Society and the British Elbow and Shoulder Society. Membership of any of these societies indicates that the medical expertise of the surgeon has been recognised by his or her peers.

UK medical expertise and cancer treatment

Clinical and medical oncologists who work in the busy NHS oncology departments also offer their services on a private basis at private hospitals and clinics. Many of the larger UK private cancer treatment centres are based in London. The following are just a few examples of the largest centres of private medical expertise in the UK:

  • The London Clinic Cancer Centre is one of the largest private cancer centres in the UK. Sited on Harley Street in London in a purpose-build 8-floor unit, the London Clinic provides medical expertise and facilities for cancer treatment that can rival those anywhere in the US. All cancers can be managed here, including rare and difficult-to-treat tumours.
  • The Cromwell Hospital Cancer Centre is also recognised as a Centre of Excellence in oncology. Also based in London, the Cromwell offers cancer treatment and care to patients from the UK and international patients. Facilities include IMRT and IGRT imaging for diagnosis and a dedicated Lymphoma Clinic.
  • HCA Cancer Care is a group of private hospitals specialising in cancer care that include the Portland Hospital, The London Bridge Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital and the Harley Street Clinic are all in London. Another member of the group, the Christie Clinic is the new cancer centre associated with the Christie NHS Foundation Trust Campus in Manchester.
  • The Prostate Cancer Centre focuses only on prostate cancer, offering brachytherapy, radical prostate surgery, cryotherapy, external beam radiotherapy, prostate resection (TURP) and all supportive hormonal and chemotherapy treatments for advanced prostate cancer. This centre of medical expertise for prostate cancer is also located in London.
  • The Parkside Hospital and the associated Oncology Clinic, which are adjacent to each other in central London, offer the most up-to-date radiotherapy facilities and staffed by cancer specialists with an international reputation for excellence.
  • The London Bridge Hospital provides diagnostics, chemotherapy, surgery and a full range of other treatments for cancer, including breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, lymphoma, colorectal cancer and head and neck cancer. It is also supported by a chemotherapy day unit, which offers medical expertise in immunotherapy and hormonal treatments as well in the latest chemotherapy drug combinations.
  • Charing Cross Hospital – this is a major London NHS hospital that includes medical oncology as one of its main specialties and that has an entire floor available for private patients, including an oncology day suite.


UK medical expertise in cosmetic surgery

Private hospitals throughout the UK offer the full range of cosmetic surgery treatments, including face lifts, breast enlargement and breast reduction, body lifts, skin resurfacing, laser treatments, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty and liposuction. Medical expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery is also available and UK plastic surgeons have a wealth of experience in breast reconstruction and facial reconstruction for cancer patients and those who have suffered burns and other disfiguring injuries.

UK Medical expertise in cardiology and lung disease

  • The Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield NHS Trust work together to offer private care for heart and lung disease.
  • The London Bridge Hospital specialises in heart surgery, including coronary artery bypass grafting and all types of heart valve repair and replacement. The dedicated unit for cardiothoracic surgery draws in medical expertise from consultants who work at the major cardiac centres in London, including St Thomas’s Hospital, Guy’s Hospital and Kings College Hospital.
  • The Wellington Hospital in London has a suite of operating theatres for cardiac surgery, new laboratory facilities for catheterisation procedures and is regarded as the largest UK private cardiac unit.
  • Papworth Hospital, near the university town of Cambridge, has had an unrivalled reputation for cardiac treatment innovation since surgeons there did the first successful heart transplant ever performed in the UK. It has a full private patient service, with a 16-bed unit, five operating theatres and world class treatment facilities to enable private patients from home and abroad to benefit from the considerable medical expertise in cardiology that is available.