‘Do your homework’, patients warned before travelling abroad

Patients thinking of travelling abroad for a medical procedure are being warned not to rely solely on information from private companies who have a financial interest in arranging their treatment.

In a beefing-up of its advice, the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) encourages potential travellers to do their homework widely.

It warns them: ‘We are aware of the concerning reports about individuals travelling abroad for medical procedures. Patient safety is paramount and we want to ensure that those considering private healthcare options overseas are well-informed and protected.

‘Our mission is to empower you to make informed choices about your healthcare.’ 

Other key steps it recommends for people’s safety when considering medical treatment abroad include:

Doing thorough research: ‘Our website offers extensive information on UK providers, fees, patient feedback and more, and we encourage you to use that information to help your own research.’ 

Consulting with their UK doctor: ‘Before making any decisions, discuss your plans with your trusted UK doctor. They can provide valuable insights and guide you through the potential risks and benefits.’

Exploring Government advice: ‘Be aware of the latest guidance when going abroad for medical treatment and elective surgery.’ 

PHIN gave previous advice on travelling abroad for surgery two months ago after the tragic death of Morgan Ribeiro, aged 20, who died after travelling to Turkey for a gastric sleeve operation.

It cites this as a reminder to everyone considering a cosmetic or medical procedure or dental care that there are risks involved whether abroad or in the UK.