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Peace of mind

A second opinion can give you and your loved ones the peace of mind that you've got the right diagnosis and the best treatment. You may also find out more about the most advanced treatment options including clinical trials. With more than 3000 experts working across HCA UK's network, there's always a highly qualified specialist who can provide a second opinion when you need it.

Need to know

  • Why get a second opinion icon plus

    It's often a good idea to get a second opinion. You could get one for a variety of reasons including if:

    - you have doubts about your diagnosis

    - after speaking to your doctor, you still have unanswered questions

    - you're unhappy with the treatment recommended to you

    - you don't fully understand all the information you've been given

    - different treatment options are available and you need to decide on the best course of action

    - you've been told you can't have a specific type of treatment

    - you've been told that nothing or nothing more can be done

    - your condition has returned after treatment

    - you're interested in clinical trials

  • When to get a second opinion icon plus

    It's best to get a second opinion soon after a condition or problem is diagnosed but, even if you've already started treatment, it's not too late to get another view. Even after treatment (with the exception of surgery) you can still make an appointment to see one of our expert consultants to get their opinion on the best way forward from here.

  • If you want to discuss the treatment you've been recommended icon plus

    If you'd like to discuss your diagnosis, explore your options or simply confirm that what you've been recommended is the best course of treatment, we're happy to help. Asking for another opinion is very common within both the NHS and private healthcare so you shouldn't worry about causing offence.
    It can also help you decide between different treatment options and help you make an informed decision about what's best for you. A second opinion at HCA UK can also include access to our clinical trials expertise at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute. This means that, if you have cancer, you can explore whether clinical trials could help you with your treatment.

  • If there's an issue with insurance cover icon plus

    If you're an employer or advisor where there's an issue with insurance cover, a second opinion can help resolve differences. If there is disagreement between the consultant leading a patient's treatment and the insurance company paying for the treatment, a different consultant can provide a second opinion to prevent stressful delays. To find out more, just get in touch.

  • If there's an issue with an employee's health and well-being icon plus

    We're regularly asked by employers to give a second opinion, including where there may be an issue with an employers' liability claim or ill health/early retirement issues. A different consultant can provide a second opinion to help resolve issues and stop delays to treatment.

  • If you need a referral for a second opinion icon plus

    You can ask your GP or doctor for a referral, or you can call us direct and we can help you work out who to see. You may feel uncomfortable asking for one, but you shouldn't worry about causing offence as it's very common both within private healthcare and the NHS to ask for a second opinion.

Contact us

Questions or comments? Just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

020 3733 4482
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