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What is the Difference Between a GP and a Private GP?

When it comes to healthcare, many people often wonder about the differences between seeing a General Practitioner (GP) within the National Health Service (NHS) and opting for a private GP. Understanding these differences can help you make informed decisions about your healthcare. At VR Private Clinics, we aim to provide clarity on these distinctions and offer you the best possible care.

Key Differences Between a GP and a Private GP

1. Accessibility and Waiting Times

  • NHS GP: NHS GPs are available to everyone in the UK, but the high demand often leads to longer waiting times for appointments. You may have to wait several days or even weeks to see your NHS GP.

  • Private GP: Private GPs, like those at VR Private Clinics, offer quicker access to appointments, often on the same day. This convenience can be crucial, especially if you have an urgent health concern.

Comparison of a crowded NHS waiting room and a private GP consultation room.

2. Consultation Duration

  • NHS GP: Due to the high volume of patients, NHS GP appointments are typically limited to 10 minutes. This time constraint can make it challenging to discuss multiple health concerns in a single visit.

  • Private GP: Private GPs offer longer consultation times, usually around 30 minutes, allowing for a more in-depth discussion of your health issues. At VR Private Clinics, we ensure that you have ample time to address all your concerns.

Private GP and patient having a detailed discussion during an extended consultation.

3. Personalised Care

  • NHS GP: NHS GPs provide excellent care but are often constrained by time and resources. This can limit the level of personalized attention you receive.

  • Private GP: Private GPs can offer more personalized and tailored care. They can spend more time understanding your health history and developing a comprehensive treatment plan. At VR Private Clinics, our GPs build strong patient-doctor relationships, ensuring continuity of care.

Modern medical equipment and facilities at a private GP clinic.

4. Services and Facilities

  • NHS GP: While NHS GPs provide a wide range of services, they may not always have immediate access to certain diagnostic tests or treatments due to resource limitations.

  • Private GP: Private GPs often have access to a broader range of services and facilities. At VR Private Clinics, we offer in-house blood tests, ECGs, health checks, and more, ensuring you receive comprehensive care without delays.

Image suggestion: Modern medical equipment and facilities available at a private GP clinic.

5. Cost and Payment

  • NHS GP: NHS services are free at the point of use for residents in the UK. This accessibility is a significant advantage, especially for those who may not be able to afford private care.

  • Private GP: Private GP services come with a fee. At VR Private Clinics, our consultations start from £90. While there is a cost, many patients find the benefits of shorter wait times, longer consultations, and personalized care to be well worth the investment.

Locations We Serve

VR Private Clinics is proud to offer private GP services in the following areas:

  • Guildford

  • Cobham

  • Weybridge

  • London Soho

  • Surrounding Areas

The VR Private Clinics Advantage

Choosing VR Private Clinics means you receive top-tier private healthcare with numerous benefits:

  • Same-Day Appointments: Quick and convenient access to healthcare when you need it.

  • Extended Consultations: More time with your GP to discuss and address your health concerns.

  • Comprehensive Services: Access to a wide range of diagnostic tests and treatments.

  • Personalized Care: Tailored healthcare plans that suit your individual needs.


Understanding the differences between NHS GPs and private GPs can help you choose the best healthcare option for you and your family. At VR Private Clinics, we strive to provide high-quality, personalized care that meets your needs efficiently and effectively. Whether you need a routine health check or urgent medical attention, our private GPs are here to help

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