Private patients

Select Healthcare is the private division of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

We offer expertise and high standards of care in specialist centres at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital.

Why choose us?

We pride ourselves on providing:

  • Expertise in specialist centres
  • High standards of care delivered by dedicated staff
  • Cutting edge technology
  • Rigorous infection control measures

Select Healthcare offers value for money compared to other private healthcare providers. Any profit generated is reinvested directly into local NHS services.

Our services

Click to view a full list of the tests and treatments we can provide

Our key areas of practice include:

Cardiology is a specialty in which cardiologists investigate, diagnose, prevent and treat problems with the heart. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Coronary artery disease, angina, heart attacks
  • Heart failure
  • Problems with the heartbeat: tachycardia (a fast heart rate), bradycardia (a slow heart rate) and arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat)
  • Heart valve problems and abnormalities

Investigations and tests are carried out by our highly experienced cardiac staff. Our friendly, professional team will ensure you receive excellent care that encompasses not only what you would expect from our cardiologists, but also the attention of our highly experienced physiologists and our support team

We offer patients and their families (as well as GPs), both quality and safety. Our aim is for people with heart problems to access high-quality, effective and timely advice, assessment, diagnosis and treatment to enable them to fulfil their optimum health potential.

Procedures offered

The non-invasive diagnosis and management procedures we can offer include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Extensive list of blood tests
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Tilt Table testing
  • Exercise tolerance test
  • Cardiopulmonary bike test
  • Echocardiography
  • Stress Echocardiography
  • Bubble Echocardiography

The invasive diagnosis and management procedures we can offer include:

  • Aortic Valve Implant
  • Trans-oesophageal echo
  • Myocardial perfusion
  • Implantable loop recorder
  • Angiography
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardioversion
  • Catheter Ablation


Private cardiology is located at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.


Our specialist team of consultant cardiologists include:

  • Dr Stephen Holmberg
  • Dr Adam de Belder
  • Dr Rachael James
  • Dr Sean O’Nunain
  • Dr Jennie Metcalfe
  • Dr David Hildick-Smith
  • Dr Sue Ellery
  • Dr Lucy Blows
  • Dr J McCready
  • Dr James Cockburn
  • Dr Nalyaka Sambu
Neurosurgery deals with the diagnosis and treatment of pathological processes, which affect the nervous system. It includes the operative, non-operative, intensive care management and rehabilitation of patients with disorders affecting the brain and skull, spine and nervous system.

Neurosurgery is based in Brighton, where it is co-located with cardiac, renal and other essential specialist services enabling Brighton to develop as the Sussex Regional Trauma Centre.

Conditions treated

We cover all aspects of neurosurgical practice, including:

  • Cranial and Spinal Trauma
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Complex Skull Base Surgery
  • Complex Cerebro-Vascular Surgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery Including Spinal Tumors
  • Neuro-modulation For Pain
  • Surgery For Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Surgery For Hydrocephalus
  • Neuro-Endoscopy
The Sussex Eye Hospital is regarded as a national centre of excellence and provides pioneering and innovative eye surgery and treatment.

Procedures offered

Inpatient procedures:

  • Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) (also known as “tooth in eye” surgery) is a procedure to restore vision in the most severe cases of corneal and ocular surface patients. The Sussex Eye Hospital is the national referral centre for OOKP, which means it is the only centre in the United Kingdom and one of only a few in Europe which provides this service. The procedure is complex and reserved for patients that have had all other treatments carried out or considered.
  • Cataract Treatment
  • Vitrectomy/ Peel
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cyclodiode Laser
  • Squint
  • Entropion
  • Ozuredex Injection
  • Morden lamellar corneal transplant procedures
  • Keratoconus management including intracorneal rings and corneal collagen crosslinking

Outpatient procedures:

  • OCT Scan
  • Fluorescein Angiography of Eye including ocular photography
  • Cyst Removal
  • Visual Field Test
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Lucentis Injection / Avastin
  • Ultrasound


Our specialist team of consultant ophthalmic surgeons include:

  • Mr Paul Brittain
  • Mr Michael Eckstein
  • Mr Dominic Heath
  • Mr Edward Hughes
  • Mr Christopher Liu
  • Mr Mayank Nanavaty
  • Mr Robert Purbrick
  • Mr Saul Rajak
  • Ms Amanda Lewis
  • Ms Joy White
Paediatric services are offered at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. It is dedicated to providing the highest quality of medical and nursing care for children and young people and was recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Our facilities

Our hospital is a leading healthcare centre for children, providing state-of-the-art facilities in a comfortable, welcoming, safe and secure environment. We aim to involve parents, carers, guardians, children and young people in the treatment process and respect their decisions at all times.

Our facilities are family friendly and accessible to children and young people with disabilities. We have both day case and inpatient single rooms with en-suite bathrooms. We also have a high dependency unit, three operating theatres, a suite of consulting rooms, and an on-site x-ray department.

Each room has a mini TV and telephone, and there are pull-down day beds so that parents can rest next to their children. There are also play areas, dedicated adolescent rooms, and parents’ lounges and kitchens.

The Alex is a leading centre in paediatric and neonatal surgery, and paediatric medicine. It leads in minimally invasive surgery, developing new techniques to minimise pain, scarring and risk for young patients, and more than 70 per cent of children undergoing surgery are treated as day patients. We also have paediatric ENT, orthopaedic, opthalmology surgery.

Our clinical services are supported by paediatric physiotherapy, dietetics, speech and language therapy and psychology.

We place a high priority on security. There is a 24-hour on-site security team and our access control system ensures that only authorised staff and visitors can access our facilities.

Procedures offered

  • General surgery
  • ENT surgery
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Asthma, allergies and respiratory disease


General surgery

  • Anouk Van Der Avoirt
  • Varadarajan Kalidasan
  • Bonmmayya Narayanswarmy

ENT surgery

  • Mr Tony McGilligan
  • Mr Mike O’Connell
  • Mr Prodip Das
  • Mr Nick Saunders
  • Mr Simon Watts


  • Dr Poothirikovil Venugopalan
  • Dr Assad Butt – Gastroenterology
  • Dr Pippa Hildick-Smith – General Paediatrics
  • Dr Shankar Kanumakala – Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay – Respiratory
  • Dr Michael Hii – Gastroenterology
  • Jessie Felton – Dermatology
  • Anne Davidson – General Paediatrics – Rheumatology
  • Kelsey Jordan – Rheumatology
  • Aritjit Ray-Chaudhuri – Restorative Dentistry
  • Carmel Slipper – Consultant Orthodontics
  • Jennifer Parry – Consultant Dental services


The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital now offers a private allergy service which is run by consultant paediatricians with an interest in allergy and asthma, paediatric nurse specialists and a paediatric dietician.

We aim to offer a one stop service where children can be seen and assessed all within the same appointment.

Please find below a list of the available services:

• Full history taking and assessment: This is undertaken by the consultant paediatrician with allergy and respiratory experience and will fully explore the background to the child’s presenting symptoms including feeding, dietary and respiratory history. Following this a decision will be made about whether skin prick tests or other investigations are indicated.

• Skin prick tests: The nurse specialist can test for a wide range of allergens including aeroallergens, common foods and latex.
Specific ‘prick to prick’ tests can be undertaken for more unusual allergens if this is indicated after history taking.
Skin prick tests are not offered to children simply because there is a history of allergy in the family.

• Anaphylaxis management: Where there is a history of anaphylaxis or clinical features that make anaphylaxis more likely parents will be taught how to identify symptoms and what action should be taken. Multimedia training is given using websites, videos and factsheets to support parents understanding. An individualised anaphylaxis management plan will be supplied to the parents at the clinic.

• Adrenaline auto-injector training:  A full range of training devices are available to demonstrate to parents how to administer adrenaline to their child during an episode of anaphylaxis.

• Lung function testing: Some children may have co-existing respiratory symptoms and lung function and reversibility tests can be offered as part of the allergy clinic appointment.

• Dietetic advice on food avoidance, weaning and reintroduction of food: The dietitian will support families in providing practical guidance on food allergen avoidance and will give tailored dietary advice to ensure a healthy balanced diet.

Advice is given on food labelling and shopping, recipes, eating out and avoiding cross-contamination.

For children excluding multiple foods, the dietitian can analyse a child’s diet to ensure it is nutritionally adequate for health and growth.

Where appropriate, the dietitian can offer advice on re-introduction of food allergens and allergy prevention.
Dietary advice is supported by comprehensive literature, which includes useful supporting websites.

Charges for this service are as follows – for 2018

Children under 5s = £410
Over 5s = £500

These charges are all inclusive of all professional fees.

Consultant’s information

Somnath Mukhopadhyay
I am professor of paediatrics at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.
My clinical expertise lies in the area of asthma, allergy and respiratory disease.
I am also clinical lead for research teams making genetic discoveries in asthma and allergy that are currently being tested in clinical trials. These approaches could bring a more personalised approach to the treatment of allergies and asthma in children.

Akshat Kapur
I am Paediatric Allergy & Respiratory consultant last 3 years in Royal Alex and also do some general core Paediatrics
Having worked in Delhi, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Vancouver since 2001,
I have wealth of clinical experience in different settings.
My Vancouver fellowship was vital in augmentation of my skills and knowledge in tertiary respiratory and allergy Paediatrics and Alex children’s has further helped me provide high quality patient care.
Working in a highly multi-disciplinary team has inspired us to replicate NHS clinics we do in private consultations so patients benefit is paramount.
Qualifications: FRCPC – Fellow of Royal College of paediatrics and Child Health of Canada, MRCPCH UK, MBBS India

Katie Clark is a Senior Paediatric Dietician. Katie has completed the “Practical Paediatric Allergy Course” run by the Allergy team at St Guy’s and St Thomas and King’s College London. She regularly attends the Allergy Academy Study days and is a keen contributor to the local Surrey and Sussex Paediatric Allergy Group. She has taken part in research and recruited for a research project in milk allergy.

Katie has a huge experience in the practical aspects of dietary management of allergy. She is keen to learn the most up to date research on food allergy and translate this into practical guidance for the families she sees. Katie is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (Registration Number DT06064). She is a member of the British Dietetic Association and British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Edwina Wooler is senior paediatric respiratory nurse specialist at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton managing a small team of asthma and cystic fibrosis nurse specialists and working closely with the research nursing team. She is paediatric trainer for Education for Health and has worked as clinical lead at Asthma UK. More recently she has worked for NHS England at the South Coast Strategic Clinical Network looking at transition of young people with long term conditions to adult care. Her daily work involves reviewing children admitted to hospital with asthma and running a nurse led out patient service. Other areas of expertise are allergy and anaphylaxis management and teaching.

Elective orthopaedics and trauma is a specialty treating conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, such as arthritis, trauma and sports injuries, and other causes of joint, ligament or tendon disorders.

The Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre (SOTC) provides high quality orthopaedic specialist care and treatment.

The SOTC offers both day case and inpatient facilities in single rooms with en suite bathrooms overlooking the beautiful South Downs. There are four operating theatres, a high dependency unit, and a suite of consulting rooms for both pre-operative and post-operative assessment and consultation.

We have one of the largest trauma and orthopaedic departments in the South East with dedicated consultants covering all sub-specialties.

Procedures offered

  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Cartilage tears
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Foot and ankle surgery
    • Minimally invasive techniques
    • Bunions
    • Deformity correction
    • Surgery for arthritis
    • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Spinal surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Spinal fusions
    • Decompressions
  • Shoulder surgery
    • Arthroscopic (key hole) shoulder surgery
    • Decompressions
    • Tendon repairs
    • Stabilisations
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Fracture fixation
    • Clavicles
    • Proximal humerus
  • ACJ reconstruction (shoulder)
  • Hand and wrist surgery
    • Carpal tunnel
    • Dupuytren’s
    • Tendon surgery
    • Surgery for arthritis
    • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Elbow
    • Tennis/ Golfer’s elbow
    • Release
    • Elbow arthroscopy
    • Surgery for arthritis


The Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre is at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Urology focuses on the urinary tract of males and females and the reproductive tract of males. It is a broad speciality encompassing a large number of conditions.

The Sussex Lithotripter Centre specialises in the treatment of kidney stones. It is the only ‘fixed site’ service for Sussex, allowing for both routine and emergency treatment of kidney stones.

Procedures offered

Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is an outpatient procedure involving high pressure sound waves (shockwaves) that are directed through the body and into kidney stones, causing them to fragment and pass out naturally in the urine.

These shockwaves are guided to the stone by either x-ray or ultrasound. ESWL is performed using a device called a lithotripter. Lithotripsy was invented in the 1980s and remains the most common way for kidney stones to be treated. The advantages of ESWL are that it is very effective at clearing stones and it is an outpatient procedure, thus avoiding surgery and general anaesthesia.

Each treatment lasts around 30-45 minutes and patients should expect to be with us for 60-90 minutes in total.

Simple analgesia is offered. It is common for patients to require more than one treatment and they are usually seen again four weeks after with an x-ray or ultrasound to decide if it is necessary. In rare cases, some stones are very hard and do not break and in that situation the surgeon would discuss surgery with the patient.

We also have available a portable shockwave device (Storz Duolith) that can be used to treat men with Peyronie’s disease and chronic pelvic pain.


The Sussex Lithotripter Centre is at The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.


  • Mr Andy Symes
  • Mr Charles Coker


For all enquiries please contact the team on 01273 523255 or

We are available from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.