Step 1:

Visit your GP 

You need a referral from your GP to see a specialist doctor (like a surgeon for instance) to kick off the whole planned procedure process. 

Your GP should talk to you about whether a certain procedure is a good option for you. Procedure success rates, patient health benefits and health risks matter. That’s why it’s good to get this impartial advice.   

Here are a few questions you might want to ask your GP:  

  • Do I need further treatment?  
  • What are my treatment options?  
  • Do I need any tests? If so, how much will I pay?  
  • What is the referral process? Is there more than one specialist I can see?  
  • Once you’re happy to continue, your GP will refer you to a specialist. You could even ask your GP for an ‘Open Referral’ to make it easier for you to take your specialist referral anywhere.  


Next step:

2. Find a specialist

Using our provider search on our website gives you a decent indication of how much each specialist tends to charge under our Access Gap scheme.