Frequently asked questions at Brentwood Hospital
Your questions about Brentwood Hospital answered.
How do I get an appointment to see a consultant?
You would need to see your GP (usually essential for insured patients), or one of our private GP’s, who will then make a referral to see one of our Consultants. For cosmetic surgery and weight loss surgery consultant appointments seeing a GP first is not essential, but it is still recommended.
How long would it take me to get an appointment?
We endeavour to ensure all private patients will be seen within a few days and at a time that is convenient for you. In some circumstances we can offer same day appointments. Our appointments are designed to be flexible around your needs and activities.
Can I choose which consultant I wish to see?
Yes, you can choose your consultant. Your GP can send a referral to a specific consultant or an un-named referral to any of our consultants within a particular specialty.
Can I park at the hospital?
Free car parking is available at the hospital but this can be limited during peak times. We have a parking management system in place. In order to avoid getting a parking charge, please enter your car registration details on the terminal located in our reception areas. Please ask our reception team for assistance if required.
Would my surgery be conducted by a junior doctor?
No, our hospital only works with consultants and therefore you can be assured of the highest level of clinical care. Your appointments, surgery and follow ups will be conducted by your consultant.
What are your hospital infection rates?
Brentwood Hospital is vigorous in its cleaning standards and keeping our hospitals clean and free of MRSA and C.difficule is a top priority. As a result, the risk of infection to patients is very low.
Can I see a consultant after work or at the weekends?
Our outpatient services operate from 8am – 9pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 8am – 5pm. Post operatively, if a consultant decided they needed to see a patient urgently this would be co-ordinated by our out of hours team. The hospital is open 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year for our patients’ convenience.
When can my family visit if I’m an inpatient?
Your visitors are welcome throughout the day, however we encourage all patients to rest between 1.30pm – 2.30pm and would therefore suggest that visits are planned around this quiet time. Your recovery is of paramount importance and you may find that you are very tired following surgery. With this in mind visitors are encouraged to leave by 9pm.
Is there accommodation nearby where my family can stay?
Should your relatives or friends wish to stay locally, there are a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts which we can recommend. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate your visitors overnight. A special rate has been arranged at the nearby four star Marygreen Manor Hotel. Please ask if more information is needed on this or other hotels/bed and breakfasts.
Are personal medical loans available?
We are able to recommend a nominated finance company who have expertise specifically in medical loans and understand the needs of patients. Loan decisions are made within 2 hours and are subject to finance checks and a confirmed surgery date.