Ultimately, you want to choose a hospital, clinic or surgeon that you trust and feel comfortable with; if the people you are dealing with seem unsympathetic or impatient then go elsewhere. Some of the points that you should check include ensuring that your chosen hospital has been accredited by an external organisation for the quality of its services and procedures. Ask what quality accreditations the hospital has, such as ISO 9001, JCI(Joiny Commission International)

  • Does the private hospital specialise in the treatment that you require?
  • What are the hospital’s patient satisfaction scores?
  • Does the hospital publish hospital infection rates and return to theatre rates?
  • What quality and accreditation standards does the hospital meet?
  • What is the availability of a high dependency or intensive care unit, should something go wrong.
  • What support services are available for your care after the operation?
  • What happens in terms of costs if complications arise and you need to stay in hospital longer?


It is important to know what qualifications and accreditations surgeons, doctors and dentists should have in order to practise. Before meeting the consultant prepare a list of questions, and make sure you get time to ask them.

Here are some suggested questions to ask the private doctor or surgeon:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background and experience?
  • What qualifications do you hold?
  • When and where did you receive training in surgery?
  • Of which national, European and international associations related to your area of surgery are you a member?
  • Have you ever been the subject of a complaint legally? If so, please provide details.
  • What papers on your area of surgery have you published in respected medical journals?
  • Do you have any video available online, so that I can see what you are like?
  • I am planning to have a tummy tuck/liposuction/ breast enşargement (name the operation that you require). How many operations of this specific type do you undertake each year?
  • What information can you provide on your success rate or the outcome for the operation that I require?
  • What information can you provide on post operative infection rates for the operation that I require?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?