As an NHS patient for those skin conditions and hand surgical procedures covered by the NHS, you have the right to choose any doctor, anywhere to see you.
After September 2012 you will not be able to see Mr Coady at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust. However you can still see him within the NHS at one of two NHS Treatment Centres. These are the Tees Valley Treatment Centre in Middlesbrough and the Eccleshill Treatment centre in Bradford.
The advantages of being seen at an NHS treatment centre are generally shorter waiting times and a guarantee that your operation will be performed by the consultant who sees you.
If you wish to be seen in any particular place, then you must request that your own doctor refers you to the centre and Mr Coady, by name using the “Choose and Book” system. You may be advised at your own doctor’s surgery that you “cannot be sent there”. This is not true.
Examples of conditions for which you can be referred to Mr Coady at an NHS treatment centre:
- Diagnosis of skin lesions
- Skin pre-cancers
- Skin lumps and bumps
- Skin cancers
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other nerve compression conditions
- Lumps in the hand and fingers
- Trigger fingers
- Dupuytrens contracture.
- As an insured private patient