The different categories of patients that we will generally scan here at Heath Lodge Clinic generally come under any of the following:
– Self- Funding
– Medico- legal and occupational health – for any enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our aim is to keep our scanning costs as low as possible for self- funding, non- insured patients as we are an independent service provider.
Our objective has always been to provide a cost- effective affordable service in comparison to other local providers, yet without compromising on the quality of scan and service received.
Our MRI scan prices vary depending on the anatomical area to be scanned and how many areas require investigation.
Once the clinical referral has been received, our Consultant Radiologist will review the detail and you will be notified on the costs involved prior to attending the clinic for your appointment.
We accept patient referrals from most of the UK’s leading insurance companies. Please note that it is the patient’s responsibility to have obtained an authorisation code from their insurance provider before attending their appointment. Please note that it would be highly unlikely that an insured provider would honour a retrospective claim for reimbursement as authorisation needs to be obtained in advance of any appointment.
We are an independent clinic with minimal waiting times.
Appointments are generally available within a few days.
Heath Lodge Clinic accepts referrals from hospital based consultants, independent consultants, General Practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths, podiatrists and chiropractors.
As we generally only see our patients as a “one- off”, for their investigation, it is important that our clinical team obtain relevant clinical details from the clinician who has an understanding about their patient’s medical history, along with the reason why the scan is required. We have a duty of care towards our patients to therefore obtain a referral letter from either their GP, hospital consultant, or other relevant healthcare professional and so that we are able to send the clinical report to your referrer for them to discuss the results with you.
As part of the appointment process we’ll run through a few safety questions to make sure we can proceed with an MRI scan. Some conditions, listed below, may prevent us from offering you an appointment:
Please note that metal implants such as hip or knee replacements or metal plates, which have been inserted after certain fractures, are MR safe but we will need to discuss the options with you before you attend an appointment.
Following your appointment, the technical report will be sent to your referrer together with a copy for you to keep for your records.
The referrer will liaise with you to discuss further advice or treatment options necessary. The report is sent directly to the clinician who has referred the patient to ensure that the appropriate follow-up is made as we are a diagnostic facility only- we are not able to offer treatment or medical advice. This should be overseen by the referring clinician, who is responsible for your ongoing care.
The MRI scanners at Heath Lodge Clinic are ‘OPEN’ scanners, which mean they have more room for patients than the older more traditional tunnel type scanners. We have scanned many claustrophobic patients who have been happy with their experience and have been unsuccessful at being scanned elsewhere Please click here to read a claustrophobic patient testimonial.
For claustrophobic patients who have attempted an MRI scan elsewhere, and have not managed to complete the investigation it is a condition of being given an appointment at Heath Lodge Clinic that our patients adhere to the following:
Other useful information for claustrophobic patients wanting to undergo an MRI scan:
After the scan if sedated:
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