Our monthly newsletter contains health and financial news, expat articles, social media recommendations and more.
United Kingdom (UK) - Hospitals
The healthcare system has outpatient appointments for non-emergency services. It is requested that an individual wishing to see their doctor make an appointment. The patient also has to register with the facility in order to be seen for regular care. Referrals are provided for non-GP services. A general practitioner may send someone to a specialist by referral if the GP feels they cannot treat the person to the standard of care required.
In the event that a referral for an illness, disease, or disorder is needed, then admission to that area of the hospital for procedures will be based on the admission by referral only system. This does not mean a person will not receive care, however they may be restricted to locations in their immediate area rather than being able to choose a doctor anywhere in the UK.
Private hospitals work in a similar manner in that anyone can see a doctor at a private hospital, however referrals are needed for specialists. In a private hospital the patient has more control over the doctor chosen for the referral. Typically, as long as the doctor is seeing new patients, a referral will be granted according to the patient’s choice. Emergency services are different with private hospitals due to a lack of equipment. Many private hospitals are not rated as trauma centres. If a patient is in need of special equipment they may be transferred to a NHS hospital for treatment. With admission procedures, which require the acceptance of the patient, a private hospital may accept a patient that wants to transfer from a NHS hospital as long as the proper care can be attained in the private facility.
Adult and Children’s Major Trauma Centres in England
The following are major trauma centres in England. These hospitals tend to help those who have sustained severe injuries from car accidents, work incidents, and other major injuries.
Addenbroke’s Hospital, Cambridge
+44(0) 122 324 5151
Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
+44(0) 117 970 1212
James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
+44(0) 164 285 0850
King’s College Hospital, London
+44(0) 203 299 9000
Royal London Hospital
+44(0) 207 377 7000
Southampton General Hospital
+44(0) 238 077 7222
Collaborative Hospitals in England
England has several hospitals for private, emergency, and regular services. Collaborative hospitals are a part of the NHS system. They are funded through trusts. The Royal Infirmary can also be used for enlisted members.
Manchester Royal Infirmary
+44(0) 161 276 1234
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
+44(0) 151 706 2000
Major Hospitals in Wales
The following list presents a few of the locations available for NHS and emergency services in Wales.
Bronglais General Hospital
+44(0) 197 062 3131
Prince Charles Hospital
+44(0) 168 572 1721
University Hospital of Wales
+44(0) 292 074 7747
Major Hospitals in Scotland
Scotland has a long list of hospitals on the NHS website. Some of the major ones are listed below.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
+44(0) 845 456 6000
Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
+44(0) 138 724 6246
+44(0) 131 536 0000
+44(0) 141 201 0000
Major Hospitals in Northern Ireland
There are two main hospitals in Belfast, however the NHS website has more choices for those who do not live near Belfast or are in need of emergency services.
Royal Victoria Hospital
+44(0) 289 024 0503
Belfast City Hospital
+44(0) 289 032 9241
Private Hospitals in all of the UK
Several private hospitals are available around the United Kingdom. The list below includes major hospitals for each country in the United Kingdom. These hospitals accept patients with private health insurance. Registration is also required for outpatient services. Emergency services are limited.
The Wellington Hospital, England
+44(0) 207 586 5959
Vale Hospital, Wales
+44(0) 292 083 6400
Nuffield Health Private Hospital, Scotland
Kings Bridge Private Hospital, Northern Ireland
+44(0) 289 066 7878
Expat Health Insurance Partners
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.