When choosing a suitably qualified surgeon and registered hospital, what questions should you ask to help make the right decision?
- Does your selected Consultant Surgeon specialise in the area of surgery you are considering and has he/she worked in both the NHS and the private sector for a significant length of time?
- Is your selected Consultant Surgeon registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and included on the GMC specialist register for plastic surgery?
- In case of emergency during your immediate recovery period, does your chosen surgeon reside near the address of the hospital he/she is working in and is he/she accessible throughout your hospital stay and immediate post-operative recovery period?
- Is your chosen hospital registered with the Healthcare Commission and appropriately equipped with specialist plastic surgery resources, and staffed with appropriately trained and experienced medical and clinical staff?
- Does your chosen hospital have appropriately trained clinical personnel, trained to deal in the delivery of emergency care 24hours/7 days per week?
- Does your chosen hospital seem willing to let you visit their facilities and insist that you consult with the Consultant Surgeon who will perform your operation before attempting to confirm a procedure date?
- Does your chosen Consultant and hospital project a professional and responsible attitude, ensuring that you are well informed of all risks of surgery prior to expecting you to make any commitment to undergo a procedure?
- Does your Consultant and hospital advise you that the Healthcare Commission expects all prospective cosmetic surgery patients to have a 14 day "cooling off period" following consultation and before proceeding with surgery?
Unless all eight of the above questions are answered with a YES, then you may be unnecessarily compromising the quality of your surgery and are possibly considering a questionable hospital or surgery.