The skin is an extremely fascinating and marvellous organ. Often a shocking fact to most, this vital organ is capable of identifying and treating more than 3000 diseases. So, when you need expert advise in regards to your skin, who do you go to see? The answer would be a skin specialist, more commonly known in the industry as a dermatologist. Among the conditions handled by dermatologists are eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer. But the question remains, if you need to see a private dermatologist in London, who do you go to, and how much is it going to cost you?
Not all clinics are publicly transparent with their prices, as they aim to provide a bespoke service differing from patient to patient. On average data suggests that a consultation with a private Dermatologist in London will cost approximately £240 to £300 and around £190 to £200 for a follow-up appointment with the same Dermatologist. Subsequent treatment or further diagnosis work will incur an additional cost and depending on the type of treatment and/or procedure, the cost will differ from clinic to clinic depending on the resources used.
NHS versus Private Dermatology
With the NHS, urgent cases are usually seen too within 4 weeks, with the more routine appointment taking anywhere up to 11 weeks and in both cases a GP referral is required. Private dermatology clinics in London are becoming ever more popular and widespread, with skin specialist from all over the world opening practices in the UK’s capital city. Booking a consultation can be as easy as a phone call, and getting an appointment is usually a quick occurrence. But how much does a consultation and subsequent treatment cost, and what factors are there to consider?
The role of medical insurance
Medical insurance can be used in some cases (varying from clinic to clinic) to help cover the cost of initial consultations and potentially treatment depending on the policy outlines. AXA will pay £175 for a new patient consultation, while BUPA will pay £150. This is generally lower than self-pay Dermatology appointment prices. As insurers have pushed dermatologists to accept lower fees, many clinics do not accept consultations organised through the use of medical insurance.
Who to visit when seeking a private dermatologist in London?
Phoenix Hospital Group is home to a Dermatological Centre of Excellence. Offering a wide variety of options for medical skin care, the dermatologist team provides advanced management and treatment.
With locations in the infamous Harley Street as well as Essex, the Dermatologists use extensive experience and clinical knowledge to provide the highest grade of skin care. The practice covers common conditions such as eczema, moles and acne up to complex conditions such as facial cancers, scar revisions and more. Treatments include, but are not limited to Mole mapping (with or without photography), Cryotherapy, Dermoscopy, Blood tests for allergies or systemic conditions, Mycological examination, Biopsy, Excision and Cosmetic treatments.