A second opinion can bring peace of mind and help you 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 people may want a second opinion.

  • you may be unsure about your diagnosis
  • you may not be happy with your recommended treatment plan
  • you may not understand the information given to you
  • you feel that your case requires someone with more specialised experience
  • you are considering treatment overseas and want to understand your options.

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care are offering access to the expert medical opinions of their consultants via an online consultation service. Simply register for our service and follow the directions to contact our team for your peace of mind. We are here to help.

If you would like to request a particular consultant for your second opinion, please view our consultant directory to see our wide range of experts.

Select the 'what to do' tab (above) to find out how to request a second opinion.

How to request a second opinion

  1. Register your interest by contacting us.
  2. We will send you a second opinion request form to complete. You may request a particular consultant or we will recommend a consultant who suits your case.
  3. We will contact you to confirm your second opinion consultant and the total cost.
  4. Once payment is received, our medical team will get back to you within five working days with your second opinion.

What do I receive?

Once payment is received, our customer services team will get back to you within five working days with a complete report via email, followed by a physical copy of the report and receipt of payment via post.

How much does it cost?

Costs may vary depending on the consultant. Upon responding 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.

A sample of our second opinion report can be found here.

Select the tab 'FAQs' to find out more.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is a second opinion?

A second opinion is when you ask a doctor for their opinion on your diagnosis or treatment.

Do I need a second opinion?

Before asking for a second opinion, it’s worth getting 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 your behalf, they must have your consent, and they should have all the information about your condition. A doctor may also ask if it is a complicated case and they want the advice of someone specialising in that area.

Can I choose who will give me a 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 diagnostic images are poor quality?

If your images are low resolution and poor quality, the consultant may be unable to provide you with a second opinion report. Please contact us at privatepatients@rbht.nhs.uk to find out if your images are suitable. You may be recommended to repeat the imaging procedures in order to obtain higher quality images to be sent to the consultant.

How much does a second opinion cost?

The cost of a standard second opinion from RB&HH Specialist Care ranges between £199-£299, depending on consultant fees. You will be provided with a complete report via email. Specialised pathology reporting for CT scans or Cardiac MRI will cost an additional £100.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a second opinion?

At this time, most health plans do not cover second opinions. However, please check with your private medical insurance provider and investigate your insurance company’s requirements. We are happy to assist you with any questions you have about our services.

How long will it take to get my medical report?

The turnaround time is five business days, from when we receive your records and payment until you are sent your full second opinion medical report and information. Our customer services team may contact you if the process will take longer due to a particularly complex case.

What type of information can I expect to see in the report?

Click here to see a sample consultation report.

What are the full terms and conditions? 

Click here to download the general conditions for second opinion services.