Second opinion

A second opinion for a heart or lung concern can give you peace of mind, as well as helping you to better understand your diagnosis and your full range of treatment options.

Although most people feel that their doctor has planned the best treatment for them, some may want a second opinion. For example:

  • Are you unsure about your diagnosis?
  • Not happy with your recommended treatment plan?
  • Don’t understand the information given to you?
  • Feel that your case requires help from someone with more specialist expertise?
  • Are you considering treatment overseas and want to understand your options?

If any of these reasons ring true, and you would like to request a second opinion for a lung or heart-related condition, then we are here to help. Here at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care, we can offer access to the expert medical opinions of our consultants via an online consultation service.

We have a large number of expert consultants on hand to give second opinions. If you would like to request a particular consultant, please view our consultant directory, and add your preferred consultant’s name to your request form.

Request a second opinion

If you live in the UK and are an NHS patient, please click here to learn about getting a second opinion from the NHS.

How to request a second opinion

  1. Firstly, register your interest by completing the short form below. Let us know if you are interested in a particular consultant, or we will recommend a consultant who suits your case.
  2. Next, we will contact you to confirm the name of your consultant and how much the second opinion will cost.
  3. Then, once payment is received, our medical team will get back to you within five working days with your second opinion.

What do I receive?

You’ll be sent the complete second opinion report via email. Then following that, we’ll post you a physical copy of the report, along with receipt of payment. You can take a look at an example second opinion report, which can be found here.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a second opinion can vary depending on the consultant. When we respond to your enquiry, we will let you know whether your preferred consultant is available and what the price of the second opinion would be. Prices start from £199.

Request a second opinion


FAQs

What is second opinion?

A second opinion is when a patient (or their family) asks a doctor for their opinion on the patient’s diagnosis or treatment.

Do I need a second opinion?

Before asking for a second opinion, it’s worth asking your doctor to go over your diagnosis and answer any questions you have. If you are unhappy with your diagnosis or would like to consider a different course of treatment, discuss this with them. In many cases, you may not need to have a second opinion.

Who can ask for a second opinion?

If a family member or carer requests a second opinion on the patient’s behalf, they must have the patient’s consent, and they should have all the information about the patient’s condition. A doctor may also for a second opinion, if it is a complicated case and they want the advice of someone specialising in that area.

Can I choose who will give me the second opinion?

You will need to supply a thorough description of your case including why you wish to get a second opinion. Include details about your symptoms, diagnosis, medication and treatments. Please also mention any other illnesses or conditions you have. If you have specific questions please ensure you clearly state them in the box “What would you like to ask our specialist?

What if my images are poor quality?

If your diagnostic images are low resolution and poor quality, the consultant may not be able to provide you with a second opinion report. If so, you may be recommended to repeat the imaging procedures in order to obtain higher quality images to send to the consultant for the second opinion. To find out if your images are suitable, please email us: privatepatients@rbht.nhs.uk.

How much does a second opinion cost?

The cost of a standard second opinion from Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care ranges from £199 to £299 (depending on consultant fees), providing you with a complete report via email. If your case requires specialised pathology reporting for CT scans or Cardiac MRI, this will cost an additional £100.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a second opinion?

At this time most private medical insurance plans do not cover second opinions. However, please check with your insurance provider and investigate their requirements. Please let us know if you have any questions about our services – we are happy to assist.

How long will it take to get my second opinion report?

You will first need to submit your full medical report and the information needed by the consultant. Once we have received your records and we have been paid, the turnaround time is approximately five business days. If it is a particularly complex case and the consultant needs more time, then our customer services team will contact you.

What type of information can I expect from the second opinion report?

To see a sample consultation report, click here.

Are there terms and conditions in full?

Yes, to download the general terms and conditions for second opinion services, click here.


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