Technical expertise and skill, of course — but someone who understands you, someone you trust, is also vital.
Indeed, research shows that a good relationship with your doctor can improve the chances of a successful outcome. But how do you find a specialist who fits the bill?
We’ve identified the country’s top consultants — as judged by their peers. We’ve canvassed the views of more than 260 consultants across seven specialties from around the country, and asked them this very simple, but key, question: If your own nearest and dearest were to need treatment in your field, to whom would you refer them — and why?
The consultants who earned the most votes from their peers are the ones who made it into our guides — though patients should bear in mind that this is not a scientific study.