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Private consultant appointment- what information should I take?

Hi everyone

After much time I've finally managed to get my health insurance to agree to cover me for a private gynaecology appointment, essentially as my NHS gynae gave up on me because I am 'awkward' (!).

They've asked me to bring insurance details to the appointment which is fair enough, and my doctors referral letter. I was also thinking though that I should take details of what's being going on. I'm thinking along the lines of main symptoms, and previous treatments and surgeries. I was just wondering if anyone else has experience of this and can suggest any information I should be taking that I haven't mentioned- history of how the condition has developed maybe? I want to get the most out of the appointment but I also don't want to waste time on what might be a lot of irrelevant information!

Any advice gratefully received.

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Make sure your appointment is with an accredited endometriosis specialist and not a general gynaecologist. Check here to find one bsge.org.uk/ec-BSGE-accredi... Choose one on the list and get your GP to write a private referral. The insurance company will want this. Not all endo specialists are equal so do your research and try to find a good one and be willing to travel!

Sometimes it's better to start afresh and just tell your new consultant your history. I recently did this but I typed out my chronological history in bullet points in really short sentences e.g.

- Jan 2015 diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis via laparoscopy; pouch of douglas, bilateral endometrioma, uterus adhered to bowel

- Mar 2015 endometriosis removed via laparoscopy

- May 2015 pain returned to pre-surgery level in same locations i.e. ovaries. Occurs every day. Worse at period and ovulation. 8 on pain scale.

The above is not my history, just an example. If you have any reports from MRIs, ultrasounds or surgery take them too.


You could fill out this info and take it with you to give the gynae the history endometriosis-uk.org/sites/... good luck


I had a private appointment with accredited endo specialist and it was really useful

His secretary asked me before my appointment to send her every info I have about previous surgery, scans, medical records so the consultant can have a look and keep what is relevant

I also completed the questionnaire that's IggiePiggy suggested and that is great use.

Good luck for your appointment. I am sure it will go well. Consultants are a lot more relaxed and don't rush you during private appointment

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