Some of our Consultants are trained in the insertion and removal of subcutaneous port devices, most often used to deliver chemotherapy. The Consultant performing the procedure will contact you prior to the procedure to go over how its done and make sure that you are suitable for a port insertion procedure and understand what it entails prior to booking an operating theatre slot at a mutually convenient time.
Port insertion or removal can be done under a general anaesthetic (completely unconscious) or sedation (awake but with anxiety reducing medication given) which is your choice, in which case there will be the requirement of a second Anaesthetist. Alternatively you can have the procedure performed solely with local anaesthetic (an injection to numb the skin).
Private Medical Insurance
Please contact your insurer prior to your admission to inform them of your treatment and confirm this is covered by your policy. You will need to obtain a pre-authorisation number from your insurer for the treatment. We charge the standard insurer benefit maxima for all insurers with the exception of Vitality in which case there will be a top-up fee of £80 for port insertion and £140 for port removal as this insurer does not cover the full fee. Please also check that the hospital’s fees are covered (which are charged in addition).
The CCSD code you need to give your insurer for this port insertion is L9180.
The CCSD code you need to give to your insurer for port removal is L9181.
Other potential fees
If an Anaesthetist is required for patient requested general anaesthesia or sedation the anaesthetic fee will be £160.00. This is usually covered by your insurer.
For patients without private medical insurance cover please contact the Self Pay team at Spire Murrayfield hospital for a quotation on 0131 341 4086 or email at Self Pay team
You can compare independent information about the quality of private treatment offered at the hospital and other private healthcare providers from the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) website: www.phin.org.uk.
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