Weighing Up Concierge Choice GP Service

Private GP Scheme Costs

vs The Smart Clinics

private gp choiceConcierge Choice is a new service designed to make NHS GPs more available for patients looking to access a doctor more readily in London and Hertfordshire. 

For those wanting good access to GP healthcare, private GPs are an increasingly attractive option.

So how does the new Concierge Choice offering compare to the service provided at The Smart Clinics?

Patients choose a GP from the list of around NHS doctors. They cannot choose one from their existing surgery. Each GP in the Concierge Choice scheme is expected to manage around 25-30 clients and can have a maximum of 75. They will still be working primarily for the NHS.

Patients in the Concierge Choice scheme will be able to access their Concierge Choice GP by email or mobile and can book longer appointments than the average 10 minutes allowed in the NHS; although they would generally be seen within the GP’s normal NHS surgery.

Price/Cost Comparison

First and foremost, the pricing and here, the Concierge Choice service is significantly more expensive than membership of The Smart Clinics. The following prices were compared 23rd Oct 2018:

  • Concierge Choice
    • Membership is £1,200 per annum
    • Each appointment will cost around £30
    • Based on 10 appointments a year, the total cost would be £1,500
  • The Smart Clinics
    • Membership £65 per month or £780 per annum
    • Includes unlimited GP appointments
    • Based on 10 appointments, the total cost would still be £780
    • Saving vs Concierge Choice £720

Scheme Benefit Comparison

  • Free Health Check
    • Both schemes include a free annual health check
  • Choice of doctors
    • Concierge Choice aligns a patient with a specific doctor
    • The Smart Clinics provides access to a team of private GPs
  • Doctors’ working arrangements
    • Concierge Choice doctors are primarily NHS doctors
    • The Smart Clinics’ team commit to regular clinics as private GPs at our locations
  • Availability of doctors
    • Concierge Choice and The Smart Clinics’ doctors are both contactable on the phone
    • Concierge Choice patients can only contact their allocated doctor
    • The Smart Clinics patients can speak to any doctor, which generally means that someone can be available very quickly where required
  • Where patients are seen
    • Concierge Choice patients are most likely to be seen at their chosen doctor’s NHS surgery
    • The Smart Clinics’ patients can choose to be seen at either of the company’s own clinics, both of which are refurbished to a high standard of comfort and offer excellent service
  • Test fees
    • Concierge Choice include exam and the lab screenings tests in their annual health check
    • Blood/fluid tests at The Smart Clinics are an additional charge. However, we use fast turnaround private testing facilities.  75% of our test results back to the patients within 48hrs – considerably faster than average NHS testing
  • Other services
    • Concierge Choice specialise in GP services
    • The Smart Clinics offers a range of additional services including dentistry and a wide range of other therapies and healthcare professionals

Summary – The Smart Clinics vs Concierge Choice

Having reviewed both schemes, we believe that The Smart Clinics offers patients a superior service at a significantly lower cost.

If you’d like to learn more about membership of The Smart Clinics, please contact the Membership Team via tom@thesmartclinics.co.uk.

Private GPs London

The Smart Clinics in London was founded in 2013 and is an independent company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.

The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. The company is committed to providing access to healthcare, so appointments are longer, waiting lists are shorter and evening/Saturday clinics are available too.

In addition to doctors, The Smart Clinics works with an extensive group of healthcare professionals from dentists and osteopaths to dermatologists and nutritionists, helping their patients to take control of their healthcare issues and access early treatment and assistance.

The Smart Clinics offers a range of private health services at two London clinics based in Brompton Cross and Wandsworth.

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Services are available through our a affordable membership packages or on a drop in 'pay as you go' basis. High quality medical healthcare is readily available:

  • Longer appointment times
  • No waiting lists
  • Evening and weekend appointments
  • Telephone, video and in-person consultations

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