Private Services


Sometimes patients ask us about ‘going private’. This means paying for your hospital treatment and care yourself, or using a healthcare insurance policy to cover the costs.


It’s important to know that the Western Trust provides the same quality of care to everyone, whether the cost of their treatment is paid for by the NHS, by insurance companies, or by the patient.


Talk to your doctor or consultant if you want private treatment. They will explain the costs and any professional fees needed to pay the radiologist, the anaesthetist, the surgeon, and any other specialists involved with your treatment.


Some of our consultant staff carry out private treatment in other hospitals, such as the North West Independent Hospital (NWIH) in Ballykelly. If you want to know more about this, talk to your consultant.


We have devised the following leaflets, designed to give you more information about the private service:



For further information on Paying Patients contact Michelle Doherty, Paying Patients Officer, Altnagelvin 00 44 (0)28 71345171 ext 214959 or Mobile: 0044 (0)7714855289.


To enquire about an Amenity Bed in Altnagelvin Hospital contact Michelle Doherty, Altnagelvin 00 44 (0)28 71345171 ext 214959.


If you decide to go private, you will be asked to sign a form called an ‘Undertaking to Pay’ form. This is a formal agreement telling us that you or your insurance company will meet the costs of your care. Your paying patients’ officer will check the form to make sure we have all the details we need.


Once your treatment is complete, our finance department will send out a bill to cover the costs. We need these bills to be paid right away.


Booking a single room: Occasionally we have single rooms available in Altnagelvin Hospital that you can book and pay for per night. If you pay for a single room, your treatment and care, any tests you need, and all your meals, will still be paid for by the NHS. We can’t guarantee a single room, even if you’ve booked one, because we may need them for very ill patients or for other clinical reasons.


We have more single rooms on our maternity wards than on other wards so if you’re having a baby, your chances of getting a single room are better, though still not guaranteed.


If you would like to know more about booking a single room, phone the paying patient’s officer for the hospital you will be attending – see above.


Want to know more? We hope this information is helpful. But if you need to know more about private treatment, remember our paying patients’ officers or your consultant will be glad to advise.