My insurer asked me for an OPCS code, what is this?
The OPCS codes are unique for every surgical procedure and consist of a capital letter and four numbers. These are used by insurers to identify the procedure you are about to undertake. For example, gallbladder removal is represented by OPCS code J1830.
Who will perform my surgery?
If you decide to go ahead with surgery, this will always be performed by Mr Agwunobi himself. He will also provide your aftercare to ensure continuity.
What is consent?
The consent form is an important document that you sign giving your agreement to undergo surgery.
It confirms that you have been fully informed about the procedure you are about to undertake, including the benefits, recovery and potential risks. If you still have any questions or concerns relating to the proposed procedure, please do not hesitate to speak to Mr Agwunobi, or a member of his team, before signing your consent form.
What if I need surgery?
If you need surgery, Mr Agwunobi will discuss this fully with you outlining the benefits, recovery time and any potential risks associated with the procedure. You will be allowed as much time as you need to consider all the information and options, including the option of not having any surgery at all.
If you decide to go ahead with surgery, Mr Agwunobi will do his best to schedule it for a date that suits you.
Will I need further tests?
Following your first consultation you may need additional tests such as blood tests, scans and endoscopy. These may require separate authorisation from your insurance company and may need to be done on another day. A follow up appointment will then be arranged for you to come back and discuss the test results.
In some cases Mr Agwunobi will be able to organise all your tests on the same day to avoid multiple hospital visits (please contact us in advance if you require this service).
How long is a consultation?
New patient consultations from £195. Follow-up consultations from £140.
What do I need to bring with me to my consultation?
You will usually need to bring a letter of referral from your GP or the referring specialist. Sometimes this letter may have already been forwarded to the hospital.
Please also bring along a list of any medications you are currently taking and previous test results, which will save time and money.
If you are insured, please don’t forget to ring your insurance company for authorisation.
Is there a waiting time?
Mr Agwunobi has 3-4 clinics a week, at times and locations to suit you, so there are not normally long waiting times. Most people requesting a consultation are seen within four days.
Please email or ring us for an appointment and we will ensure that you are seen as soon as possible.
How do I get referred?
Your GP is responsible for your overall care. He/she will normally refer you and provide full details of your medical history. Insurance companies usually require a referral letter from your GP before authorising payment for treatment. Please check this with your insurance company.
If you are self-funding your consultation, or treatment, then you do not necessarily need a referral letter to see Mr Agwunobi. However, following your appointment, he will normally write to your GP with details of your consultation, treatment and any ongoing management plans to ensure that your doctor has a complete record of your medical treatment and care.
Mr Agwunobi is happy to receive referrals from a variety of different sources.