- Probably about 70% of Mr Cheung’s patients live outside the West Midlands area. Indeed about 20% live abroad.
- Mr Cheung often sees patients with quite complex eyelid problems e.g. patients requesting revisional eyelid surgery, patients wanting bespoke cosmetic eyelid surgery. Thus many patients come quite a distance to see him, rather than a general ophthalmologist or general plastic surgeon.
Mr Cheung runs regular clinics for consultation on:
- Wednesday and Saturday mornings (8.30am-12.30pm) at the BMI Edgbaston hospital in central Birmingham. Telephone: 0121 452 2810.
- Thursday mornings (8.30am -12.00pm) at the West Midlands Hospital in Halesowen, B63 2AH. Telephone: 01384 632607 and 07384 253011
- Saturday mornings (8.30am - 12.30pm) at the Westbourne Centre in Central Birmingham 0121 456 0880
Most patients living outside Birmingham prefer to see Mr Cheung at the BMI Edgbaston hospital due to its central convenient location. It is approximately 10mins by taxi from Birmingham New Street Train station and 45 minutes taxi from Birmingham International Airport. Currently 30% of Mr Cheung’s patients are from London: many of whom commute for their morning appointments by train, to arrive back home just around lunchtime. Patients attending for eyelid problems rarely need to have dilating drops instilled during their consultation and are therefore fine to drive.
- Mr Cheung’s operating lists of usually in the morning. Patients commonly arrive for 7.45- 8am, undergo their surgery and are going home by lunchtime. Most patients are usually back home by mid afternoon.
- Less commonly patients book a hotel nearby for the night before and night of the actual operation. This is usually for convenience’s sake so that the commute is less rushed but Mr Cheung is quite happy for patients to commute back and forth on the day of their surgery.
Local Anaesthetic Surgery Most patients undergo their surgery under local anaesthetic due to its lower costs and convenience. Patients often commute by public transport or are driven to the hospital by friends or family. For some smaller procedures Mr Cheung is happy for the patient themselves to drive and attend accompanied.
Twilight Sedation Surgery Patients can request for an anaesthetist at extra cost to be present during the operation to administer sedation. Following intravenous sedation though, patients may have slightly slower reactions and are therefore advised not to drive nor operate machinery for 24 hours afterwards. They should attend hospital for their operation accompanied by a friend or family and can commute by public transport or be driven by car.
- Mr Cheung is able to offer consultation and outpatient minor operations/ filler work at the same attendance. However this needs to be prearranged and Mr Cheung would therefore prefer the patient contact him beforehand so that it can be organised.
- For most operations, including all those which need to be performed in an operating theatre, Mr Cheung is unable to offer same day consultation and surgery. Like most reputable hospital facilities, the hospitals at which Mr Cheung operates insist on a ‘cool down’ period of at least 10 days to allow the patient to fully consider the consequences, risks and benefits of any discussed surgery. If you do have a specific date in mind for your consultation and surgery, then please feel free to email Mr Cheung directly to discuss further.
Patients undergoing minor procedures sometimes do not need to be seen again following their procedure.
However most patients undergoing more extensive operations e.g. double eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty surgery, cosmetic eyelid surgery, are usually seen at 1-2 weeks afterwards. Stitches are often removed at the appointment.
Most patients are then seen again at 3-6 months following their procedure just as a final check up. However many patients from outside the West Midlands are quite happy to cancel this final outpatient appointment and email Mr Cheung to reassure that everything is fine.
Consultation costs vary depending on the type and complexity of the patient’s condition.
SELF FUNDING PATIENTS WHO WISH TO ATTEND FOR COSMETIC PROBLEMS
For most patients, initial consultations typically cost £100 and are payable on the day and any follow up consultations e.g. following surgery, are typically free.
However for patients with more complex cosmetic problems e.g. for patients requesting a second opinion following surgery performed by another surgeon, the initial consultation cost is £250.
SELF FUNDING PATIENTS WHO WISH TO ATTEND FOR FUNCTIONAL PROBLEMS
Initial consultation appointments cost £160.
There may be additional costs for diagnostic procedures performed in clinic and Mr Cheung will inform the patient fully about these before performing any tests.
Follow up consultation appointments are typically free.
PATIENTS WITH PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE WHO WISH TO ATTEND FOR FUNCTIONAL PROBLEMS
Mr Cheung will charge your medical insurer £250 per consultation for both initial and follow up appointments.
Please ensure that you know the claims excess on your insurance policy as this is typically collected from the patient at the initial consultation.
Mr Cheung is a recognised provider for all major health insurance companies e.g. BUPA, AXA/ PPP, PruHealth, Aviva, WPA, Simply Health, PHS/ PoliceHealthcare etc but is NOT a ‘fee-assured’ provider. This is because he believes in an individual patient’s freedom of choice to see whichever consultant he/ she wishes. Click here for further information from the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO). Please ensure that any costs have been preauthorised by your health insurer before booking an appointment as any shortfalls will be charged to the patient directly.
Mr Cheung's PA for private patients Mrs Elizabeth Carter Tel: 01384 632636 Email:
For technical questions relating to surgery and advice, Mr Cheung would be grateful if you would kindly direct any queries via email to him directly via: