I think this is a great idea, don’t you?
Patients suffering minor injuries will now be able to bypass hospital accident and emergency departments – but at a price. A consultant-led unit has opened at the Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast. Initial cost of treatment is £25 when triaged by the nurse practitioner. Treatment includes limited traumatic head, facial, ear, nose and throat conditions as well as eye injuries, cuts, burns, wounds and bruises. If you need to see a consultant, the cost is £90. A sliding scale of charges depends on tests, scans or X-rays and treatment required. The unit is led by emergency medicine consultant Duncan Redmill, who says the unit is not in competition with the NHS. Mr Redmill said: “I believe that the growth of this kind of service from the private sector may ease the burden on the NHS.”
NHS A&E’s resemble bedlam more often than not, with a staggering lack of dignity afforded to patients. I had cause to take my father to the local A&E in his final few years and it was a truly horrible experience. Long waits, drunks fighting, foreign nationals arguing…just a MESS. I would happily pay to by-pass the NHS in this area and I wish Mr Redmill and his associates good fortune with their well-timed and welcome initiative. Hopefully other such private facilities will pop up and we will have the one thing we lack at the moment – CHOICE.