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We have all been in this or a similar position; you are feeling unwell and not sure what the problem is. The first port-to contact is your General practitioner (GP) who you have seen and has requested further investigation; this may be an ultrasound scan but can also be blood, urine samples, etc. You find out that the next available appointment is some time away and you need the scan as soon as possible .... what now?
First of all we can't stress the importance of your relationship with your GP and keeping him/her involved and updated with any action you take related to your health. GP's have a vital role in looking after patients in their homes and within the community ensuring they are as well as they possibly can be. They are part of a much wider team whose role includes promoting, preventing and initiating treatment. GPs are often the first point of contact for anyone with a health problem and patients can be at their most anxious. Looking after the whole person - the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural and economic aspects through patient- centered approaches is a key aspect of any GP’s role.
The enormous pressure and burden on our national health service is undoubtedly causing delays in appointments and thus increase in waiting times, which is why going private, is an option you may want to consider to get your scan appointment quicker.
Ultrasound is one of a few imaging techniques where a direct referral from a GP is not mandatory and you can "self - refer" however NHS choices as well as the BMA1 and ourselves believe that it is best practice to be referred by your GP because they know your medical history and can advise you if a scan or other diagnostic tests are necessary. If an ultrasound scan is required or believed to be a useful diagnostic tool for the problem you are facing then the referral form from the GP will contain the clinical and technical information relating to why the scan has been suggested and what specific scan is most appropriate.
This is why for all of our non - pregnancy scans we recommend getting a referral from your GP. We understand that your GP is busy doing what he/she should be focusing on and that is looking after their patient population and so we have made this process as simple as we can by introducing direct-to-scan service which allows you to get a referral from the GP in one of a number of ways - which are given below;
If you have any questions or concerns about private ultrasound scans, self-referral and GP referrals then feel free to contact our customer care team on 0843 886 45 45 or alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for a private GP in London then please take a look at UNICLINIC - private GP surgery in Gants Hill
(note: we are in in no way linked or part of Uniclinic and any service or information provided by Uniclinic is solely the responsibility of Uniclinic)
We at The Scan Clinic, started with a simple goal - Quality Healthcare with a Personal Touch. It is this mission that continues to drive us to this day and in this current global crisis. We continually strive to find the right balance between delivering on our mission and maintaining high levels of health and safety for our clients as well as our staff.
We have always maintained high levels of cleanliness and infection control and since the start of the pandemic have taken additional daily infection control measures across the clinic as well as ensuring all staff have adequate PPE (personal protective equipment).
You will notice that some of our services are no longer available at the moment and this is because we are limiting our range of available services to essential scans only until further notice. Furthermore all Off-Peak clinics have been suspended until further notice
We have been continually monitoring the ongoing situation and taking all official guidance, however as this is an evolving situation the information and guidelines given below are subject to change and can change with immediate effect. We appreciate this can be challenging but please bear in mind that the steps we take are for the health and safety of all our staff and clients and we really appreciate your support and understanding to follow them.
Important Note - We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not meet the entry criteria, comply with our entry checks, fails or refuses to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire or presents a potential health and safety risk.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns about any of this then please get in touch with our customer care team who are more than happy to help.
Hand hygiene is important please ensure you are washing your hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant.