WHERE DOES MR. PARULEKAR OPERATE
Mr. Parulekar undertakes surgery on all adults, and children over 3 years at the Manor Nuffield Hospital, Oxford on Monday afternoon/evenings, and at the BMI Priory Hospital, Birmingham on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Children under the age of 3 years cannot be operated at the Manor or Priory Hospitals and will be operated at either Birmingham Children’s Hospital on a weekend private operating list, or at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford on a Monday evening.
Spire Little Aston Hospital (Private)
Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield,
Birmingham West Midlands B74 3UP
Spire Hospital switchboard: 0121 353 2444
Oxford Eye Hospital (NHS and Private)
Level LG2, West Wing John Radcliffe Hospital,
Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU
OUH switchboard: 0300 304 7777
NHS secretary Tel: 01865 234151
NHS secretary Fax: 01865 234515
NHS secretary Email: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOKING AN OPERATION
Mr. Parulekar’s secretary will assist you with the process of booking surgery. The surgical codes will be provided, and you will need to contact your insurers to seek approval. Self-pay patients will be provided codes as well as detailed quotes for costs, including Mr. Parulekar’s fees, anaesthetist fees as well as hospital charges and postop consultation fees. All patients (insured as well as self-pay) will be provided information about Mr Parulekar’s surgical fees in line with CMA guidelines, as well as a potential shortfall.
SURGICAL FEES FOR INSURED PATIENTS
Different insurance companies have varying levels of reimbursement. Many insurers have not increased their surgical fees for the past decade, and some have reduced their remuneration, despite increasing costs of running a practice. Like many other experienced consultants, Mr Parulekar is not fee assured with any of the insurers. Although his fees are reasonable, and commensurate with the expertise and work involved, they may be slightly higher than what some insurers will reimburse. As a result, there may be a shortfall of up to £100-300, payable by the patient. If the case is complex, Mr. Parulekar will seek approval from the insurers for uplift in fees for the hospital, and the consultants, to minimize any shortfall payable by patients. Please note fees for adjustable squint surgery, and revision (redo, or reoperation) squint surgery will be expected to be slightly higher due to longer duration of surgery.
If the policy does not meet the full costs of treatment it is the responsibility of the patient to make up the difference. It is important to contact your insurer before treatment to clarify the cover.
NOTE FOR SELF PATIENTS
Self-pay patients will be provided codes as well as detailed quotes for costs, including Mr Parulekar’s fees, anaesthetist fees as well as hospital charges and postop consultation fees.
All patients (insured as well as self pay) will be provided information about Mr Parulekar’s surgical fees in line with CMA guidelines, as well as potential shortfall. Mr. Parulekar’s secretary will also advise you how the costs compare between the various hospitals, as there may be considerable variation in hospital charges.
PAYMENT OF SURGICAL FEES
If you are insured with a private medical insurance company, the invoice will be sent directly to the company. An authorization number will be required for this. Otherwise, the invoice will be sent to the patient, and payment is made by BACs payment. Overseas patients will be expected to settle the invoice in cash at the time of consultation
COSTS OF COMMON SURGICAL PROCEDURES
Squint surgery and Ptosis (droopy eyelid) surgery
The typical costs (inclusive of hospital, surgical and anaesthetic fees, and medications) for squint surgery (and ptosis surgery) are in the region of £2500-3300. Additional costs are the initial consultation, one or two pre-op consultations, and three postop consultations, which will cost approximately £800.
Eyelid cyst surgery
The typical costs for eyelid cyst surgery is in the region of £650 for adult patients (under local anaesthesia) and £1400 for children (under general anaesthesia)
Tear duct surgery
Most tear duct probing operations (with tube insertion) will cost in the region of £1500-2000.
Costs for other operations are available on request