Private Consultants – Investigations and Medication

There have been problems with patients who see private consultants particularly in regard to IVF treatment and psychiatry, who expect us to replicate the medication the private consultants prescribe on the NHS. Sometimes this medication is not available or not appropriate for a NHS prescription; we are also being asked to order investigations which are inappropriate or unavailable. For this reason, from 1st November we will no longer do any investigation ordered by a private consultant. We will also not initiate any medication requested by a private consultant until they are stable on that medication first. This will have to be prescribed by the consultant in the first instance. We will also require a letter from the consultant.