Frequently Asked Questions

See below for details about pricing, confidentiality how a private GP differs from an NHS GP and more.

Am I allowed to visit a private GP in addition to my NHS GP?

Yes, you are. Private GPs do not have access to your NHS records so do bring a list of your medications, allergies and any significant past medical history with you.

How much will it cost?

The pricing structure is clear, making the process simple & easy. A standard 30 minute appointment costs £130 at The Park Hospital; payment will be taken in full upon booking. This price includes the cost of writing a prescription and making a referral, if required. The cost of any drugs will be in addition to the consultation fee. If blood tests are taken, a follow up consultation will be required to discuss your results. A 15 minute rather than a 30 minute appointment may be suitable, at a cost of £65. Writing a repeat prescription outside of a consultation costs £35.

Cancellation less than 24 hours prior to an appointment will be charged in full.

Where are you based?

I practice out of The Park Hospital in Arnold, Nottingham. Please see my appointments page for booking contact details.

Can a private GP see my NHS medical records?

At the present time this is not possible.

Can a Private GP write an NHS prescription?

A Private GP is not able to provide an NHS prescription. However, private prescriptions can be very competitively priced & are sometimes cheaper than NHS prescriptions. Some drugs are quite expensive & in this situation you will be asked to pay the actual cost of the drug.

How do I get the results of any investigations which you organise for me?

You will need to make a follow up appointment. You can choose between a telephone or face to face appointment – the charge is the same whichever you choose.

What are your qualifications?
Dr Emma Pooley MBChB DA MRCGP
I graduated with a degree in Medicine (MBChB) from the University of Bristol in 1989. I completed a Diploma in Anaesthetics in 1992 (DA) and completed my GP training in January 1996 (MRCGP 1995). I spent a year as a Medical Registrar in Australia in 1996 before becoming a Salaried/locum GP in Nottinghamshire between 1997 & 2000. Between 2000 & 2009, I was a GP at East Leake Medical Centre and moved on to be a GP & Partner at  Meadowfields Practice in Chellaston, Derby from 2009 to 2014. I took on the role of Medical Director Nottingham North & East CCG in 2014 for 18 months. I have been practising as a Private GP from 2016 to date. I am a member of The Medical Defence Union.
Do you have a privacy policy?

Yes. I have a Brief Practice Privacy Policy and a more in depth version.

Will my NHS GP be informed of my visit?

I always try to discuss this with you at your appointment. I understand there are certain times and circumstances where this may not be your preference. Do let me know at your consultation if you have a concern in this regard.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring a list of your medications, allergies & significant past medical history. If you have had recent tests done by your GP then please ask your surgery for copies of your results & bring them with you. If you are coming for a pre-employment medical examination to work abroad, then please also bring your current passport to confirm your identity.

Can a Private GP refer me to an NHS consultant?

A Private GP is not able to refer to an NHS consultant. This has to be done by your NHS practice. There are times when it may be appropriate for me to make this recommendation to your GP. I can refer you to a private consultant and you would usually be seen very quickly.

How do I get the results of my NHS tests to bring to my private appointment?

Please contact your GP surgery, which should be willing to print these off for you. Often the receptionists like to check with the GP so do ask a few days in advance.

Do you see paediatric (child) patients?

I am fully trained to see patients from birth. Private hospital rules state that there needs to be a paediatric nurse present in the hospital for any child seen in clinic under the age of 3 years. 

Do you do travel vaccinations?

No, I do not do travel vaccinations. I know that Evans Pharmacy offers this service. Please see their website.

A convenient Nottingham location at The Park Hospital, Arnold

Same-day appointments are often available (Tuesdays, Thursday & Fridays), so please get in touch to talk about how I can help you.

What to expect

A private GP can diagnose, test, refer to a private consultant & write prescriptions; with same day appointments, why wait?

Times & Locations

Available regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at The Park Hospital in Nottingham; appointments on other days can be arranged. Click here to make an appointment.

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