Terms and Conditions (T&Cs)

This website is provided as a resource for patients, the public and healthcare professionals. It provides information about our Trust, our hospitals, our staff and our services. We aim for high standards of accessibility – read more on our accessibility page. Our position on various legal issues relating to this site, including cookies, are laid out below.


Disclaimer

The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust website is designed to provide information and education about heart and lung disease to healthcare professionals, patients and the public.

The Trust is unable to offer medical advice or professional services through this site. Referrals for expert opinion or treatment for heart or lung disease are made only by registered medical practitioners, and not by patients themselves.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on this website is accurate. However, neither Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, our partners, nor the authors or maintenance staff for this website, can accept any responsibility whatsoever for any consequence of inaccuracy, howsoever caused.

The information provided here is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care, does not constitute business, medical or other professional advice, and is subject to change. If you have, or suspect that you may have, heart or lung disease, you are strongly advised to consult your own General Practitioner without delay.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. No guarantee is offered in relation to the availability or operation of linked pages. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site; likewise, not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement. Read more on our links policy.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website, and accepts no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.


Copyright

Content on this website is the copyright of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust unless otherwise stated. Where copyright applies, visitors may download material for private research, study or in-house use only. Visitors must not copy, distribute, or publish any material from this website. Any other use of copyright material requires the formal permission of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Email the web editor with any requests.


Feedback

You are very welcome to provide feedback about this site, such as advising us of broken links, out of date or inaccurate information and to make suggestions.

Any feedback to the site will be treated in the strictest confidence.

This privacy statement discloses the privacy practice for www.rbhh-specialistcare.co.uk


Links policy

The Trust is not responsible for the content or reliability of linked websites and does not endorse any views expressed within them. The content and availability of external sites will change over time. Please contact us if you encounter any broken links or material you feel inappropriate on a linked site.

  • We aim to deliver links that allow access to additional information, background material or, if appropriate, informed comment.
  • The content of other sites is beyond our editorial control and may change over time.
  • Before linking to any site, we check the content of the site thoroughly and carry out further checks after the link is established.
  • We never include a link in return for cash, services or any other consideration in kind.
  • In accordance with NHS guidelines, we do not link to commercial sites, unless working with a commercial partner.
  • Links are made available on relevant pages rather than a dedicated links page, in accordance with NHS guidelines.

How we support our clinicians

To ensure our referring clinicians are able to treat patients at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care (RB&HH), we provide the following services to them.

Higher value services

Consulting rooms are available for private outpatient appointments at each of our sites: Royal Brompton Hospital, Harefield Hospital and 77 Wimpole Street. We charge clinicians the following fees at market rates:

  • £14 per patient appointment, for the first four patients seen on one day
    or:
  • if five or more patient appointments take place on one day, then we charge a set fee of £70 per day.

To ensure a smooth journey for both patients and clinicians, the following services are provided, for which we do not charge the clinicians:

  • outpatient reception assistance, for example welcoming patients and directing them to the appropriate consulting room
  • inpatient administration assistance, for example arranging consultants to visit patients while they are on the ward.

Secretarial services are not provided for clinicians. Rather, it is the clinician’s responsibility to employ their own secretary, if required.

Low value services

We do not charge clinicians for low value services.

Referring clinicians, like other staff in the private patient unit, have access to regular workplace amenities, including:

  • tea, coffee and water
  • stationary
  • car parking.

In order to communicate to patients and referrers about the range of expert specialists available at RB&HH, clinicians are profiled or featured in marketing materials. This may include:

  • our printed consultant directory
  • printed marketing materials like leaflets or adverts
  • our website and social media channels
  • our magazines Case Notes and Healthwise
  • general promotion, including through third party channels.

We may take photographs of the clinician for use in the above communications and materials, and share them with the clinician for their own use.

Corporate hospitality

We may occasionally invite clinicians to attend seminar events, as a guest or a speaker. These events give clinicians an opportunity to share their specialist expertise and communicate the procedures or treatments that they offer, face-to-face with interested third parties such as referrers and embassy contacts. Events such as these are organised and/or hosted by the marketing and business development team at RB&HH, and clinicians are not charged to attend.

Events usually take place on our premises at Royal Brompton Hospital, Harefield Hospital or 77 Wimpole Street. Occasionally, events may take place at a nearby restaurant or other facility, depending on the room booking availability or the requirements of the event.

Due to the time of day when events take place, if the event crosses a mealtime then food and drinks may be provided for attendees. At events not crossing a mealtime then tea, coffee and light refreshments are usually provided.

At RB&HH we do not organise conferences or annual dinners solely for our clinicians.

Financial interest

As a private patient unit at an NHS hospital, there are no clinicians practising at RB&HH who have a share or financial interest in the hospital, the facilities or the equipment used.

Payments to part-time clinicians

All consultants who treat patients privately at RB&HH are self-employed for this purpose; they are not part-time employees. Therefore, no payments are made to referring clinicians holding a part-time position at RB&HH.