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Can you see a private practice psychiatrist anonymously?

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nightmare57

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I have some issues I can't discuss with my NHS psychiatrist, it's nothing serious but feel like if I were too discuss this with my pdoc it might be written down in my medical records compromising my confidentiality and letting a wider audience know about my problems. If you were to see a private practice psychiatrist and it was nothing to do with harm to other people could you see a psychiatrist anonymously?
 
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Twokiwisandabanana

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Yes I don't see why not
My CPN told me to go private for help.
at least then you get some
 
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nightmare57

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Yes I don't see why not
My CPN told me to go private for help.
at least then you get some
Would the private psychiatrist need to inform your current psychiatrist maybe requesting past medical notes? I'm not looking for a different Dx. Just questions on why my behaviours precent as they are without letting my current psychiatrist know everything influencing his view on me.
 
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You would need to check with the person you were planning to see who they would be communicating with. I was under the impression that private Drs still fed information back to your GP but I'm not sure if that is the case. I saw a psychologist from work and he told me that he never made any notes or records about any of his patients conversations with him. Pretty sure this is against the professional rules of conduct but when I questioned that with him he said that he felt it was necessary for his patients to be able to trust him and was willing to take the risk of not documenting anything.
 
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It's said that private patients receive a better service than those in the NHS :)

They certainly get seen more quickly, and usually get more time with the doctor. They may be treated more politely - as people, rather than patients, perhaps. But of course, the NHS has a choice-less and captive audience to play with, whereas private patients pay - and as a customer, they can easily go and pay someone else, if the guy before them is a duffer :)

NHS patients often endure the Thatcherite philosophy of 'there is no alternative' - or TINA for short, as Margaret Thatcher was once dubbed :)

I remember a friend of my Mum's being treated in a private psych clinic - after being let down and fucked over elsewhere. She said in the dining room, the docs an nursing staff took their meals with the patients. It's not often you see this in the NHS, with it's office door closing in people's faces and 'come back in ten minutes' mentality :)

As for what they communicate to other professionals involved in someone's care including GP's, I'm not sure. If you're paying, there may be more room for sensitivity and negotiation of what's recorded and passed along :)

Of cos, many docs in private practice often work in the NHS also. I know docs at my local hospital also had private clinics in the city. So you can see them 'free' at the local hospital, or go pay at the private clinic. But often it's the same sort, just in a different environment :)

I'm trying to think whether I would actually pay to see some of the docs I've seen over the years, given that it's hard to find any rationale for going to see them on the NHS at times lol. Given that I've ducked appointments, I think I know the answer :)
 
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I had private mental health care for a number of years.... My parents paid for it out of their medical insurance and then self paid when the priory hospital drained the insurance policy!, My experience was you do get seen quicker, you are in nicer surroundings and yes the staff do eat with the patients in the dining room in the hospital. But the downsides are, the focus is very much about squeezing as much money out of your insurance policy as possible and then out of any other finance you have.To the extent they will keep you in hospital longer or not tell you when your insurance can no longer cover your hospital stay and then go after your parents for the money {the priory}.

I don't think the staff are any better , they no doubt use the same staffing pool as the nhs. There is also an additional issue I had where if my private psychiatrist prescribed me a medication my GP surgery got quite awkward at times one GP actually refused to prescribe one med and I had to go to a different GP in the practice who would.

Iam also somewhat biased as my old private psychiatrist mis diagnosed me with schizophrenia and told me I would have to take anti psyhcotics the rest of my life. I got no benefit from the treatment, I was also under cmht who discharged me because the treatment wasn't helping and had no clue what to do.

A decade later I had a meltdown one night and ended up back under CMHT.Iam under NHS this time, no private psychaitrist. seen 3 different psychiatrists now who all said I don't have schizophrenia but a personality disorder and needed different treatment. One doctor even apologised for the mistake.

I think mh care is a lottery, is pretty rubbish where ever you go, with private care you are also paying for it.
 
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