Are you a VitalityHealth Member?
If so you may be eligible to have weight loss surgery using your VitalityHealth Insurance.
VitalityHealth are offering weight loss surgery to members who meet their eligibility criteria. We are delighted to work in partnership with VitalityHealth, the only UK private health insurer to offer bariatric surgery.
VitalityHealth Members will be entitled to a full two year inclusive aftercare package with regular access to appointments with a member of our clinical team and, for those choosing to have the Gastric Band, regular band review clinics.
Am I eligible?
You would need to call VitalityHealth directly to see if your policy would cover you, however the general guidance is:
- You must have current and active membership
- You must have been a member for at least one year
- You must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 40+ or 35 – 40 with other weight related medical conditions (co-morbidities) such as hypertension or diabetes type II, etc.
The packages offered via our VitalityHealth agreement are for primary bariatric surgery. VitalityHealth members who have had previous weight loss surgery and wish to consider Revision surgery, must ensure they inform VitalityHealth of this when seeking authorisation for a consultation with us.
I am a member what do I do now?
The first step is to call VitalityHealth to check you are covered under your policy and get an authorisation code from them. This authorisation code will entitle you to come and see us at our Bariatric Centre, The Sudbury Clinic in Harrow, Middlesex (map below).
Once you have your authorisation code just call us on 0845 467 1400 (opt 1) or call 0800 157 7033 to make an appointment. You will need to have a credit or debit card handy to pay the £50 co-pay fee for your consultation. We will arrange an appointment for you at the next available Vitality Clinic. These usually run once a month.
What procedures can I have?
VitalityHealth members are entitled to following procedures as part of their policy:
- Gastric Band
- Gastric Bypass
- Gastric Sleeve
VitalityHealth will consider approving Revision surgery for patients who have already undergone weight loss surgery but are unhappy with the results. Prior approval from VitalityHealth for a Revision surgery consultation must be given by VitalityHealth before we can discuss Revision surgery with you. Please ensure when contacting VitalityHealth for authorisation of your initial consultation that you advise them of any previous weight loss surgery.
How much will it cost?
You would be required to pay 25% of our advertised prices for a gastric band or gastric bypass. VitalityHealth would pay the remainder. This is called co-pay. Currently you could expect to pay the following:
|Gastric Band Surgery||£1,487.50|
|Gastric Bypass Surgery||£2,612.50|
|Gastric Sleeve Surgery||£2,487.50|
|Supplement for BMI of +50||£250|
These fees are for a standard procedure using a general anaesthetic. If you believe you require any specialist treatment that falls outside of our standard package there may be an additional supplement for this treatment. Please inform your specialist team if you believe you will requires any additional treatment.
Our VitalityHealth packages cover the cost of the surgery, in-patient treatment and 24 months aftercare package. Any outpatient tests required prior to or post surgery are not covered within this package and you may have to fund these yourself.
The initial psychological assessment is included as part of your VitalityHealth package. Any additional psychological treatment required prior to or post surgery is not included. Some VitalityHealth members may be eligible under their policy to make a separate claim for psychological assessment. Please contact VitalityHealth for more information.
Where can I have my procedure?
Your procedure would be at The Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex (map above). You also need to be prepared to have your pre-operative assessment appointments here also.
Where can I have my aftercare?
Once you have had your procedure and seen your consultant, usually around 6 weeks post surgery, you can, with their approval, have your aftercare at any of our regional centres. To find the most convenient centre for your aftercare treatment click here.
How does the process work?
Once you have your authorisation code and have called our office we will book you a series of appointments with our specialist team. These appointments are set out below:
|Consultation with our bariatric nurse specialist||15 mins|
|Consultation with our bariatric dietician||40 mins|
|Consultation with our bariatric psychologist||60 mins|
|Consultation with our bariatric consultant surgeon||40 mins|
These consultation requirements follow the standard NHS procedure for bariatric surgery assessments and are designed not only to help ensure that surgery is the right choice for you, but also to help guide you in making your final decision on whether to have surgery.
You should expect to be with us for at least 3 – 4 hours.
Once you and the consultant have agreed that surgery is the right option for you, we will contact VitalityHealth to advise them of your wish to proceed. They in turn will give us final authorisation for your procedure to go ahead. When we have this final authorisation we will contact you and arrange a date for your procedure.
As you will be required to conduct a 14 day Milk or Low Carb Diet prior to your procedure, the theatre dates offered to you will be dependent on completion of this diet and theatre availability. We usually operate at least once a month and therefore you shouldn’t have too long to wait. We will confirm your theatre date and admission time and will ensure you receive detailed communication on what you will need to bring with you to the hospital.
You will be offered a date for your pre-assessment appointment by the Clementine Churchill Hospital, this is usually within 10 days of your procedure date.
Gastric Band patients can usually expect to stay for one night, however with the prior agreement of your consultant Gastric Band patients can chose to be treated as a Day Case. Gastric Bypass patients should expect to be treated as an in-patient for a minimum of two days.
Once discharged you will be regularly invited back for aftercare appointments, these are an important part of easing you back into eating ‘normal foods and consistency’ and in the long-term will help ensure you maximise your potential weight loss.
Most importantly we will be with you all the way and ensure you that you receive the right information in a timely fashion.
As with all medical treatments, there is no absolute guarantee that you will achieve your desired weigh loss with your chosen surgery. Every patient is unique and we can’t promise to meet your personal goals. By following our advice and follow-up appointment guidelines you will maximise your chances of achieving your potential weight loss.