Private patients

Everything you need to know about your private treatment with us.

What is private treatment?

Our range of private treatments and services are available for people who opt to cover the cost of their treatment cost of their treatment themselves or have covered by their private medical insurance.

Why 'go private' with Newmedica?

There are a number of reasons why some of our patients choose to go private. It might be that the treatment they need isn’t available on the NHS, they’d like to have more options on their treatment plans, or they’re after more flexibility around their appointment and treatment types.

It starts with a free consultation

If you’re considering cataract surgery, we always start with a free, no obligation consultation.

Appointment times that suit you

After you request an initial consultation with us, we’ll get you in to meet with a consultant within a week and then offer you a surgery or treatment time a couple of weeks after that.

Dedicated care team

You'll have a dedicated patient coordinator who you can contact directly if you need any help or support during your time with us. If you're having surgery, you'll also be able to choose the consultant you'd like to carry out your treatment.

Comprehensive aftercare

We’re here to look after you until you’re totally satisfied with your vision – you can come back as many times as you need. After surgery, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive aftercare programme that’s completely tailored to you.

Choice of lens to suit you

If you're having private cataract surgery with us, you'll also get a choice of lens options to suit your lifestyle and vision needs.

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Frequently asked questions

How to pay for private medical treatment

We’re proud to be recognised by the main private medical insurance companies. So if you have private medical insurance, just speak to your provider to check if you have adequate cover and that your eye condition is covered. It’s also important to check if you have an excess on your policy, an annual outpatient charge limit or outpatient cover regardless of admission to hospital.

We’re accredited with the following companies:

  • Aviva
  • Allianz
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • The Exeter
  • Exeter Family
  • General Medica
  • Healix
  • National & Friendly
  • Perm Health
  • SAGA
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Do I need a referral for private surgery and treatment?

You don’t need a referral from your GP of optician if you’re a private patient. You can contact us directly to book a consultation. If you’re using insurance, you might need to get some more information from your GP or optician before you start treatment. Find out more here.

What is the referral to treatment time?

Although this can vary from clinic to clinic, we aim to get you in for your treatment a couple of weeks either after we receive your referral, or after your first consultation with us.

What are the typical waiting times for surgery?

This will depend on the type of treatment you’re having with us and in which of our clinics. Private patients generally won’t have to wait much longer than a couple of weeks for their surgery.

Will I be treated differently as a private patient?

All our patients are treated with the same care and attention throughout their time with us, but private patients will be able to be benefit from more flexible appointment times, as well as more options for their treatment types. That includes a range of lens choices for cataract surgery that can better suit your lifestyle. We’ll help you to find the right option for you.

If I’m having private cataract surgery, what lens choices do I have?

With NHS cataract surgery, the standard replacement used is called a monofocal lens, which improves your vision for a specific distance (like up close or far away).

With private surgery you can still have a monofocal lens replacement, but you also have the option to choose a different type of lens which could reduce your dependency on glasses after your surgery (at an additional cost). This includes:

  • Monofocal – these lenses have a single focus point. That means they improve your vision for a specific distance, either up close or far away, but not both at the same time. If you choose this type of lens and you wear glasses now, you’ll most likely still need a pair of glasses to help your vision. For example, if your monofocal lens implant is for distance vision, you may need glasses every now and again for reading.

You can also still wear varifocal glasses with a monofocal lens. Please note that if you have astigmatism (see below) then you may still need glasses for all distances with a monofocal lens.

  • Multifocal – these lenses have more than one point of focus. The most common ones are called trifocals which have one part of the lens that helps with your distance vision, another part to help with intermediate vision (around 1 metre) and another part that helps with your close-up vision. There is also a possibility that you may have some visual effects with these lenses such as rings or circles (halos) around lights at night.
  • Extended focus – these lenses work by providing a continuous focus over a range of distances. So as well as your distance vision improving, you’ll also notice some improvements in your mid-range vision (things at arm’s length). Many people can read comfortably without glasses, but they might still need to use them for small print.

If you have astigmatism (where the cornea at the front of the eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football), you can get the right correction incorporated into any of these specialist lenses. This type of corrective lens is known as toric, which you might have heard of before if you wear contact lenses.

Your surgeon will talk through all your options for you to think about before having surgery.

What aftercare is provided?

This will depend on the type of treatment you’re having. But no matter what condition you’re having treated, we’re here to look after you until you’re totally satisfied with your vision. Normally, we’ll give you a call around 24 hours after your treatment to ask how you’re doing. You can come back to us as many times as you need after your surgery (it’s all covered in your treatment). Then the rest of your aftercare is designed completely around you, including a post-operative follow-up with your consultant and a further follow-up appointment with your preferred optician. Your consultant will discuss it all with you after your treatment.

Find your nearest clinic


Unit 1B and 1C Midland Place, Barlborough Links, Chesterfield, S43 4FR


Aqueous One, Aston Cross Business Village, Rocky Lane, Birmingham, B6 5RQ


Riverside Surgery, Barnard Avenue, Brigg, DN20 8AS

Bristol - Aztec West

Building 720, Waterside Drive, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4UD

Bristol - Litfield House

Litfield House Medical Centre, 1 Litfield Place, Clifton Down, Bristol, BS8 3LS

Bury St Edmunds

4 Lawson Place, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7EW


Park Place Health Centre, Park Place, Darlington DL1 5LW


The Medical Eye Clinic, Sigford Road, Matford Park, Exeter, EX2 8NL

Gloucester Aspen

Aspen Medical Centre, Horton Road, Gloucester, GL1 3PX

Gloucester Brighouse

19D Brighouse Court, Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3RT


Cromwell Primary Care Centre, 1st Floor, Cromwell Road, Grimsby, DN31 2BH


St Andrew's House, 4400 Parkway, Solent Business Park, Whiteley, PO15 7FJ


London House, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0EE


Mendip Vale Medical Centre, Pudding Pie Lane, Langford, BS40 5EL


St Martins House, 210 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4HZ


Grove Park, 1 Barton Close, Leicester, LE19 1SJ


North Hykeham Health Centre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9BA


29-30 Market Place, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6HR


Hadrian House, Balliol Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 8EW


Unit 2 Westbury Court, Anglia Way, Moulton Park, Northampton, NN3 6JA


Lakeside 200, Old Chapel Way, Broadland Business Park, Norwich, NR7 0WG


Tottle Road, Riverside Business Park, Nottingham, NG2 1RT


GP Led Health Centre, Ramsden Avenue, Camp Hill, Nuneaton, CV10 9EB


Avalon House, Marcham Road, Abingdon, OX14 1TZ


Forder House, 20 William Prance Road, Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 5WR


Unit 2, Anchorage Ave., Shrewsbury Bus. Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6FG


Buckland House, Langley Business Park, 10 Waterside Drive, Langley, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 6EZ


Swindon NHS Health Centre, 1 Islington Street, Swindon, SN1 2DQv


Queens Road Consulting Rooms, 92 Queens Road, Donnington, Telford, TF2 8BZ


106 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, WF1 5NX


Unit 5, Berkeley Business Park, Wainwright Road, Worcester, WR4 9FA


The Dukeries, 31-33 Retford Road, Worksop, S80 2PU


Dee Valley Medical Practice, 15 High Street, Overton-on-Dee, Wrexham, LL13 0ED

Considering private treatment? Just give us a call.

You don’t need to have a referral from your GP or optician if you’re a private patient, you can just get in touch with us directly.

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