We recognise that patients wish to take greater control of their own health, and are becoming more aware of the opportunities to investigate their health issues without a GP or specialist referral. We are therefore now offering MRI scans on a self-referral basis. Before proceeding with a self-referral, please be aware of, and agree to, the following important information:
- Scans will be offered to those aged 18 and above.
- MRI is extremely safe, and does not involve any radiation exposure.
- You will need to complete the self-referral form below, which does include safety questions which may exclude you from proceeding with the scan or delay the scan, depending on the information you provide.
- You must be registered with a GP, to whom a copy of the report will be sent.
- It is a requirement for us, as a diagnostic centre, to be able to communicate results to a doctor so that they can make recommendations about future care. Therefore, we cannot perform scans if you cannot, or do not wish to provide the name of your doctor.
- Scans will only be performed on the areas which we routinely scan. You will be advised if we are unable to proceed with the requested examination.
- Self-referrals will not be accepted for monitoring of known malignant disease.
- Self-referral scans requiring a contrast medium, such as Gadolinium, will not be accepted without a GP’s referral.
- MRI scans may, on occasion, identify unexpected abnormalities which may or may not require further investigation. If so, these findings will be identified on the report and any recommendations arising will be followed up by your GP.
- You may bring a friend or relative with you, who may stay with you for the scan itself if you prefer, subject to safety checks. Unfortunately you may not bring children under the age of 16 to accompany you.
- You must provide us with your contact details, and you will be asked to confirm your appointment 48 hours prior to the scan.
- You will be charged the full cost of the scan if you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice or fail to attend.
- The imaging report may contain medical terms that you may find confusing and possibly alarming, but neither the reporting radiologist nor the MRI centre is able to discuss the findings of the scan directly with the patient. All enquiries about the report’s content and recommendations (if any) must be conducted with your GP (or other responsible medical practitioner).
- Your GP may contact the reporting radiologist for further information as required.
- Neither the NHS nor private medical insurance companies will fund or cover self-referral. As such, all self-referrals are undertaken on a self-pay basis.
If you would like to proceed with a self-referral, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW.
By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have both read and agreed to the above information.