The National Migraine Centre is a charity and we receive no NHS or government funding and are therefore completely reliant on patient donations to continue our service. If you have private health insurance you will not be asked for a donation as fixed fees will apply. See the Health Insurance page for more information.
What it costs us to treat you
It costs us £300 to deliver your first in-depth consultation and a follow-up costs us £200.
If you are a UK taxpayer the charity can claim gift aid of 25% from the government for any donations you make. Thus a £240 donation will cover the cost of your first appointment as we can claim £60 gift aid from HMRC and £160 will cover a follow-up as we can claim £40. Enabling us to make up the full expense of your appointment at a reduced cost to you.
Phone consultations can be arranged at the doctor’s discretion for a follow-up consultation if you have been seen within the last year. Phone consultations have a set fee for all patients of £160 and are booked as a 20-minute appointment. Many people find this beneficial as this negates the need to take time off work/school and incurs no travel cost.
We work hard to subsidise these costs with research and fundraising. It is important to value your health and its impact on those close to you. When you consider missed days of work and social activity, making a donation for our world-class expertise is a small price to pay for getting your life back.
Our outcomes show a huge improvement in quality of life after visiting the Centre and 80% of our patients rate the service as excellent and value for money. Listen to their thoughts here.
The majority of patients come just twice before they are able to manage their headaches effectively, but you are welcome to come back at any time for a review as with some complex cases it takes longer to find the best treatment plan.
Making your donation
Most patients make their donation in reception following their appointment by cash, cheque or card. Or you can donate via Virgin Money Giving. We are flexible with the ways in which you can voluntarily fund your care and if it is easier to spread the cost and give a smaller amount monthly you can set up a direct debit when you come to the centre or do so online.
In exceptional cases of financial hardship, we accept that you may not be able to give the recommended donation. We do not want this to stop you coming to be treated. Please put your case forward to our Chief Executive, Heather Sim email@example.com who will suggest other ways that you could help.
Patients coming to us privately:
For more information about private healthcare referral, please click here.
Patients from overseas:
If you are visiting us for a consultation from overseas you will need to pay the fees of £300 (initial consultation) or £200 (follow-up) upfront on the day of your appointment.
Occasionally doctors recommend procedures such as Botox or Nerve Blocks to be carried out during a consultation. As the clinic incurs a fixed cost for these treatments, you will be charged an additional fee if you choose to go ahead.
Consultation & Botox injections: £615 (initial consultation), £515 (follow-up)
Consultation & Occipital Nerve Block: £400 (initial consultation), £300 (follow-up)