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- Do I need a referral letter to be seen in the clinic?
- How do I book a consultation
- Will my medical insurance cover the cost of my consultation and treatment?
- How much does a consultation cost?
- What is a specialist vulval clinic?
- Can I be seen for gynaecological issues other than vulval problems?
- Do you offer psychosexual therapy?
- Can I have a telephone or video consultation?
- Can I still attend if I am on my period?
- What correspondence will I receive following my consultation?
- Can I park at the Hospital?
- How do I contact the clinic with any queries after the consultation?
- How do I receive the results of any tests I have?
- How do I arrange follow up?
1. Do I need a referral letter to be seen in the clinic?
- You do not need a letter from your doctor to be seen in the clinic; you can self refer.
- If you have any relevant correspondence from previous medical consultations it may be useful to bring those with you.Back to top
2. How do I book a consultation
- You can call us on 07375 533015 Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm or e mail email@example.com
- Alternatively, you can contact the individual hospital you would like to be seen at. Back to top
3. Will my medical insurance cover the cost of my consultation and treatment?
- It is always best to check with your insurer as companies and policies can differ. Treatment for psychosexual problems and menopause are usually not covered but please check first.
- Claire Bailey is registered with: BUPA, AVIVA, Cigna, AXA PPP, Vitality, WPA, Police Mutual, Medicash, Simply Health, Health on Line.Back to top
4. How much does a consultation cost?
- An initial consultation is £180. Follow up consultations are between £120 and £150.
- If you are attending for psychosexual therapy you will be advised of the cost on an individual basis as these sessions are usually longer.
- Please note, if you do not have private insurance, you will be charged by the hospital for any equipment used or tests performed. We will be able to guide you on prices beforehand so that you don’t have any unexpected costs.Back to top
5. What is a specialist vulval clinic?
- Claire is a Consultant Gynaecologist with specialist skills in vulval disease. The vulva is the correct name for the external female genitalia. It includes the area of pubic hair, the opening of the vagina, the clitoris, the urethra (from where you pass urine), the lips (labia) and extends to the anus. The vulval clinic has specific skills and multidisciplinary team to manage conditions of the vulva. This includes skin conditions affecting the vulva like eczema, lichen sclerosis and lichen planus as well as any lumps or bumps on the vulva including pre-cancers. Claire has particular expertise in managing vulval pain syndromes.Back to top
6. Can I be seen for gynaecological issues other than vulval problems?
- Absolutely. Claire sees women with a wide range of general gynaecological issues including heavy periods, painful periods, bleeding between periods, bleeding after sex, pelvic pain, menopause symptoms, contraception queries, difficulties with taking a cervical smear test, abnormal smear test result, pain with intercourse, vaginal discharge, recurrent thrush and loss of libido.Back to top
7. Do you offer psychosexual therapy?
- Yes. Claire has achieved Membership with The Institute of Psychosexual Medicine and has dedicated sessions for women with psychosexual issues.Back to top
8. Can I have a telephone or video consultation?
- It is very difficult to achieve a satisfactory initial gynaecological consultation without a face to face visit. Examination is usually a fundamental part of the assessment and so we encourage patients to attend in person for the initial meeting. It is often possible to conduct a follow up consultation remotely if attending proves difficult.Back to top
9. Can I still attend if I am on my period?
- Yes, it is not a problem so long as you are comfortable to do so. Please note, we require 48 hours notice to cancel or rearrange an appointment.
10. What correspondence will I receive following my consultation?
- We work on a paperless system, where possible, so you will receive an e mail with a clinic letter within five working days of the appointment. Your GP will also receive a copy of the letter, unless you have stated you prefer we do not contact them.Back to top
11. Can I park at the Hospital?
- Yes, all of the private hospitals have adequate parking facilities.Back to top
12. How do I contact the clinic with any queries after the consultation?
13. How do I receive the results of any tests I have?
- We will write to you once results are available. Histology specimens usually take two weeks to be reported.Back to top
14. How do I arrange follow up?