WARRINGTON and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is set to increase the number of procedures it offers to patients privately.

The trust’s My Choice scheme was launched back in 2013, but the ‘affordable, self-pay service’ is now being expanded.

New treatments being offered to patients who have been denied NHS procedures include hip and knee replacements, cataract and tonsil removals and breast enlargements and reductions.

Operations will take place at Warrington Hospital, Halton Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre.

Warrington and Halton hospitals said that the service would give ‘affordable and convenient access’ to healthcare for patients while generating additional income for the trust through its spare capacity.

Chief executive Mel Pickup said: “We have seen many changes in the NHS over the last five years, and commissioners are more challenged than ever to ensure that they invest scarce resources in the most effective way.

“Procedures of low clinical priority do not mean low value to our patients, and we are pleased to be able to make a large number available at a really affordable price at their local hospitals and by our most trusted NHS staff.

“My Choice is by the NHS, for the NHS.”

Patients who pay for their treatments will receive no special privileges and join the same waiting list as NHS patients.

The ‘significant’ expansion of the programme includes procedures no longer available on the NHS, and another option for patients classified as being a ‘low clinical priority’ by commissioners at a ‘fraction’ of the cost of private providers.

Private treatments are priced at between £1,072 and £8,447.

Patients will still require a referral from their GP in order to undergo procedures under My Choice.

The full list of treatments available under My Choice and their costs:

Consultations - £180

Removal of adenoids - £1,931

Ear pinning - £2,331

Insertion of grommets - £1,646

Tonsillectomy - £2,292

Rhinoplasty - £2,767

Removal of haemorrhoidal skin tags - £1,319

Surgical treatment of hernias without symptoms - £2,541

Dilation and curettage - £1,187

Eyelid surgery - £1,878

Removal of lesion in eyelid - £1,276

Cataract surgery - £1,624

Eyelid cyst removal - £1,276

Circumcision - £2,000

Reversal of male sterilisation - £2,303

Surgery for prostatism - £2,297

Breast reduction - £3,720

Breast enlargement - £3,720

Removal of silicon breast implants - £2,164

Removal and replacement of silicon breast implants - £3,720

Breast uplift - £3,720

Surgical correction of nipple inversion - £1,387

Hair removal treatments - £1,048

Facet joint radiofrequency denervation to treat back pain - £1,526

Facet joint injection - £1,358

Epidural injection - £1,072

Surgery for trigger finger - £1,777

Dupuytren’s contracture - £1,805

Knee replacement surgery - £7,179

Revision of knee replacement surgery - £8,447

Knee arthroscopy - £2,479

Arthroscopic knee washout and removal of loose debris - £1,352

Hip replacement surgery - £7,060

Revision of hip replacement surgery - £8,447

Hip resurfacing - £7,060

Hip arthroscopy - £2,843

Carpal tunnel syndrome - £1,577

Ganglion cyst removal - £1,777

Bunion removal and treatment - £1,904

Morton’s neuroma excision - £2,160

The following treatments are also offered on My Choice, but patients should contact the trust for more information:

Removal of minor skin lesions

Removal of lipoma

Surgical procedures for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding

Surgical revision of scars

Joint fusion

Steroid joint injections