Private cardiology fees and payments
Dr. Hamaad is a fee assured consultant cardiologist, which means he is approved by all the main health insurance companies (BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Vitality Health, Cigna, Simply Health, WPA). The fee structure for consultations, tests and treatment are therefore usually covered by the insurance company although there may be some shortfall due to insurance excess charges. It is important to check with your individual insurance policy to see what is covered.
If you are not insured (self-funding patients) Dr. Hamaad’s fees are:
- Initial consultation £180
- ECG (usually required with an initial consultation) £40
- Total initial fee £220
If a patient has a recent ECG (within the last 2 weeks) then only a consultation fee is required. The ECG must be on good quality so it can be interpreted. A poor quality ECG cannot provide sufficient information and will need to be repeated.
Initial consultations are scheduled for 30 minutes but patients will have as much time as they need to discuss their symptoms. A consultation will involve a review of your symptoms, a clinical examination, and a 12 lead ECG. Further diagnostic tests may then be recommended along with a course of treatment if required.
FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE SELF FUNDING A GP REFERRAL LETTER IS NOT REQUIRED BUT MAY BE HELPFUL IN PROVIDING AN UP-TO-DATE MEDICAL HISTORY.
Further diagnostic tests may be required. For insured patients, the fees for these tests are usually covered by the insurance policy. For non-insured self-funding patients the inclusive fees are:
An ultrasound examination of the heart to examine the heart and valve function. This test usually takes 30 minutes and the results are available immediately after the test. A typed report of the echocardiogram findings is available within a few days of having this test.
Test Fee: £300
This is also called an exercise stress ECG test and is used to assess for exercise capacity and to determine if there is any narrowing affecting the heart arteries. This
heart test involves walking on a treadmill with a gradually increasing incline while closely monitoring your ECG, blood pressure, and symptoms. It can provide a lot
of useful information about your heart.
Test Fee: £200
Ambulatory (portable) ECG
This is a continuous ECG monitor of your heart and involves attaching sticky electrode patches to your chest and abdomen with wires that connect to a small monitor the size of a small mobile phone. This allows a continuous recording of your ECG. This is a useful test to detect heart rhythm problems if you are suffering from palpitations, skipping heart beat or a funny sensation in your chest.
Depending on how frequent your symptoms occur you might need 24 hour, 48 hour, 72 hour or 5 day continuous ECG monitoring.
- 24 hour ECG £150
- 48 hour ECG £200
- 72 hour ECG £250
- 5 day ECG £300
Blood pressure monitoring
If you suffer from suspected high blood pressure it is usually recommended you have a 24 hour blood pressure monitor to check your true blood pressure level. A lot of people will have raised blood pressure when a doctor or nurse checks it but their true blood pressure is actually normal. This is called ‘white coat syndrome’ and people are sometimes given treatment for raised blood pressure when they don’t really need it. A 24-hour blood pressure monitor will provide a more accurate reflection of a person’s real blood pressure.
Test Fee: £150
A follow-up consultation is often required to go through various test results with patients, to review new symptoms or to review the progress of a treatment plan. Follow-up consultations are usually for 15 minute intervals but can be longer if required.
Follow-up consultation £120
For non-insured (self-paying) patients if 2 or more diagnostic tests are required a discount is offered for a combination of tests. In addition (applies to 1 consultation only).