There’s a great range of options if you’re looking for private hip replacement in Newcastle upon Tyne. Here we give you an overview of what’s available in the area.

Hip replacement options in and around Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost of your initial consultation
Self-funding hip replacement
Paying through insurance
Important notes

More people than ever are choosing to go private for their hip replacements, with one in three procedures in England done privately last year. If you’re looking to have a private hip replacement in Newcastle upon Tyne, there are several hospitals and consultants to choose between. Our guide will get you started and direct you where to find more information on our website.

Hip replacement options in and around Newcastle upon Tyne

We have data on three hospitals offering private hip replacement within a 25-mile radius of Newcastle upon Tyne. One of these is NHS hospital the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in nearby Gateshead, which has a Private Patient Unit on site. The other two are independent hospitals the Nuffield Health Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital and the Spire Washington Hospital.

The Spire Washington is about 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. It services people all over the North East of England, including Sunderland, Durham and Northumberland, as well as Newcastle upon Tyne. The hospital offers all single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, with a 2-night stay typically needed for hip replacement. This hospital has great patient satisfaction and healthcare outcomes scores, and has a choice of nine consultant surgeons performing hip replacement.

The Nuffield Health Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital is just a mile from the centre of the city, with free parking onsite. It boasts of providing first-class facilities and consultants who are leading experts in their field with patient satisfaction and healthcare outcomes scores at this hospital also high. Like the Spire Washington, there are nine consultant surgeons performing private hip replacement here, so you have a wide choice available.

In total, there are 17 consultant surgeons performing private hip replacements in the Newcastle area. You can find out more about particular surgeons including their fees, special clinical interests and patient feedback scores on their individual profile pages.

Cost of your initial consultation

The first thing to do if you’re thinking about having a private hip replacement, is to book an initial consultation with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. Your GP will need to refer you for this. The consultants in the Newcastle upon Tyne area charge an average of £200 for the initial consultation, with prices ranging from between £100 and £500. If you have private health insurance, this initial fee may be covered, so be sure to check.

Self-funding hip replacement

Self-funding is a really common way of paying for private hip replacements. This means you pay for the cost of the procedure yourself. If you’re self-funding treatment, hospitals may charge for this in two different ways.

  • A ‘fee-per-service’ arrangement. This is the traditional way of paying for treatment. It means you’ll receive separate invoices from the surgeon, the anaesthetist and the hospital. You often won’t know the full costs until you receive the invoices – it can be difficult to get an exact price beforehand.
  • An all-inclusive ‘package price’. With this option, you’ll be given a full guide price including all the fees, before undergoing treatment. Not all consultants and hospitals offer this.

At time of writing, the two private hospitals in the Newcastle upon Tyne area quoted guide package prices of £15,250 and £12,642 for the Nuffield Health Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital and the Spire Washington Hospital respectively. These guide prices are approximations only – your surgeon will confirm a final price with you. How much you’re quoted will depend on the type of operation you’re having, any special care that you may need and your consultant’s fees. Check what your package price covers. Both of the private hospitals we cover here include all aftercare, but others may not.

Many hospitals offer finance options to help spread the cost of your procedure over a period of time. It’s always worth asking if this is an option.

For more information about self-funding treatment, see our guide to self-pay.

Paying through insurance

The other way of paying for private healthcare is through private medical insurance (PMI), if you have it. You can usually have a hip replacement under PMI, as long as you’re not having the operation for a pre-existing condition. Check your own policy though, and ask your insurance company if you’re not sure. Read our guide on paying for treatment through insurance for more information. 

Important notes

The information in this article is based on hospitals within 25 miles of the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the consultants that treat private patients at each hospital. This is available to search through PHIN’s website. If a hospital or consultant is not searchable on our website, this may be because they are in breach of legal duties set out by the Competition and Markets Authority.

The data is based on PHIN’s data on patient admissions that took place between 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021. The costs of initial consultant fees were provided directly by consultants to PHIN. Information on guide package prices was collected through an internet search of local hospitals.

This article was last updated on 20 June 2022, and some details may have changed since.

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