If you feel you are suffering with a problem that The Reflux Clinic can help with, it is generally advisable to see your GP in the first instance. Your GP can then refer directly to us and most insurance companies do require a GP referral for reimbursement.
The referral letter can be posted or emailed by your GP prior to your appointment, or you can bring it with you to your appointment.
Mr Harris is happy to see you without a referral letter, but it would be advisable to contact his secretary Tracy (028 95044624) beforehand to ensure he is the most appropriate specialist to treat you.
You should seek authorisation from your insurer first and they will advise in which clinics you can be seen in. Then call the clinic directly to request to see Mr Andrew Harris.
Call you choice of clinic on the number below and ask for an appointment with Mr Andrew Harris
The Ulster Independent Clinic
028 9066 1212
Kingsbridge Private Hospital
028 906 67878
Mr Harris will take a detailed history asking about your symptoms and relevant past medical history and current medications. He may request permission to view your electronic health care record to clarify information on existing conditions, results of blood tests and previous scans.
He will then examine you before suggesting potential diagnoses and any additional investigations/tests that may be required.
If surgery is a potential treatment option he will outline the specifics of the surgery, the expected recovery period and ensure that you understand the risks, side effects and likely outcome of the surgery.
Most tests and investigations can be performed the same day, but occassionally you may have to attend a couple of days later. For example certain tests and scans are only accurate after a period of fasting.
Mr Harris will discuss and arrange a mutually convenient time with you. If you are insured you will require authorisation from your insurer first to ensure you do not accrue any unexpected costs.
A representative from the hospitals booking office will contact you to confirm a suitable time and date for the surgery.
Mosts operations, with the exception of minor local anaesthetic procedures, will require you to attend for a pre-operative assessment appointment. This will be performed by a nurse/doctor, who will take any relevant blood tests, arrange heart tracings and any other work up that is needed for your surgery.
Every operation or procedure has a specific OPCS code. Occasionally your treatment may have more than code.
Mr Harris will inform you of the relevant code for your surgery. If you hold health insurance you will need to inform your insurer of this code to obtain authorisation for your surgery.
Your operation will be performed by Mr Andrew Harris. He works with an experienced team which includes anaesthetists, surgical assistants, theatre nurses and practitioners.
This will depend on the specific surgery you are having. Length of stay for some common operations:
This will depend on the specific surgery you are having and your individual circumstance. Mr Harris will give you individual advice based on your own unique circumstances.
No surgery is risk free and occasionally adverse events do occur. If you feel you have suffered an adverse event please don't hesitate to speak directly to Mr Harris in the first instance. If you have left the hospital please contact his secretary Tracy on 028 95044624 who will arrange for Mr Harris to call you back promptly.
Alternatively you can speak with the Matron in charge of the hospital.