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What to consider when choosing a private eye hospital
Deciding to have any treatment is a big step to take, so it is important to be treated in an approved clinical environment, by appropriately qualified specialists.
Before committing to a hospital or specific surgeon, you should consider a variety of options. While you may initially take practical considerations such as location and cost into account, it is equally important to research ophthalmologists’ credentials, recent patient results and safety legislation.
Finding the right ophthalmic surgeon
Any hospital or treatment centre should be completely transparent about the qualifications, training and expertise of their surgeons. All consultants should be registered with the General Medical Council and have the relevant qualifications to carry out ophthalmic surgery. Before entering into your first consultation, you should be able to easily access the relevant information on the hospital’s website or in their public records. This will help put your mind at ease and reassure you that you are in the best possible hands. Click here to learn about each of our ophthalmic surgeons.
Standards of performance and care should be monitored against a range of measures and be made available on request. There are two external regulators that regularly assess healthcare providers in the UK.
Monitor is the independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts, including their private patients units. They assess trusts on a quarterly basis for financial and governance risk, and for mandatory services. Trusts are rated as red, amber or green for governance and mandatory risk, and on a scale of one to five for financial risk, where one is the worst, and five the best. Moorfields is currently rated green for governance and mandatory services, and five for financial risk.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator for all health and social care services in England, including NHS and private facilities, and has responsibility for licensing providers of such services and for ensuring that they meet a wide range of essential quality and safety standards. As part of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Moorfields Private is currently registered without conditions with the CQC.
Quality of care
We rigorously follow a number of policies in place to ensure our patients enjoy high-quality care and a personalised experience. At any private eye hospital, staff should follow strict guidelines designed to enhance every step of the treatment journey.
Wherever you decide to book your treatment, you should choose somewhere that can demonstrate a commitment to safety and providing top quality care. Click here to learn about our quality and safety initiatives and read our quality report. We would advise seeking similar reports from any hospital you are considering for treatment. It is important to note that this information does not replace the individualised information that would be provided by a specialist Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon.
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