The Department of Health has introduced a Republic of Ireland (ROI) Reimbursement Scheme for a period of 12 months. This new scheme opened on 1 July 2021 and is available to ordinary residents of Northern Ireland. The scheme provides an option for those patients who may wish to access private treatment in ROI and claim reimbursement of Health & Social Care (HSC) equivalent cost. The scheme is based on the EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive.
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In previous years Mr. Mihai Vioreanu already has performed many hip and knee replacements in Sports Surgery Clinic for patients living in Northern Ireland & UK under the Cross Border Directive. All patients have been impressed by how smooth and efficient the administrative and clinical process has been straight from engaging directly with Sarah or Orla in the office until the last follow-up clinical consultation.
Once the funding has been approved and the patients contact our office, we will arrange a consultation appointment in 1-2 weeks and the surgery is being scheduled generally in 3-4 weeks, depending on the clinic capacity at that time.
Mr. Vioreanu is a highly experienced, high-volume surgeon sub-specialised in primary, complex and revision knee and hip replacement. For more info: read here
Mr Vioreanu employs the most effective and safe surgical techniques and technologies, multimodal pain control and early mobilisation protocols, all part of the Enhanced Recovery Program to ensure the highest patient satisfaction and fastest recovery after surgery.
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If you are a resident in Northern Ireland seeking to travel to ROI for treatment, please contact:
National Contact Point
Health and Social Care Board
Commissioning Directorate – Patient Travel Team
12-22 Linenhall Street
Belfast BT2 8BS
Tel: +44 (0)28 9536 3152
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from previous patients from Northern Ireland who have gone through this process.
BILATERAL, SIMULTANEOUS KNEE REPLACEMENTS - "PAIN FREE AND NO LIMP AT 3 MONTHS"
Nicola Hare, Bilateral Simultaneous Knee Replacements, Craigavon, Northern Ireland
"I am 40 years old and Mihai performed bilateral, simultaneous full knee replacement surgery for me just over three months ago.
The surgery was a complete success. I now walk pain free and without any limp. I am living my life to the full again.
I will be forever grateful for the outstanding level of care I received from Mihai and his clinical and admin teams.
Mihai makes you feel so at ease when you meet him. He radiates such kindness and you can see how much he actually truly cares about your wellbeing.
I highly recommend Mihai as a surgeon for both his expertise and for the warmth and kindness he portrays to his patients."
HIP REPLACEMENT - "NOTHING WAS EVER TOO MUCH BOTHER, WHATEVER THE REQUEST"
Pauline McCaughey, Total Hip Replacement , Derry, Northern Ireland
" To all the staff at Sports Surgery Clinic.
Just 6 weeks ago I received a hip replacement at your clinic and would like to take a few moments to express my sincere gratitude for the care and attention I received during my stay.
From the very first moment of making contact with the clinic through a telephone enquiry, to the stages that followed - the first consultation, checking in, my pre op consultation, until my discharge 3 days later; I received the utmost professional care and courtesy by every member of staff, whatever their status. Nothing was ever too much bother, whatever the request, and it was apparent on each occasion my own welfare came first.
At every meeting with a staff member I was greeted by a cheerful manner, which was always accompanied by pleasant and reassuring words to ensure my maximum comfort.
I will be forever grateful to my surgeon Dr Mihai Vioreanu and his wonderful team for all their expertise, care and support. The result of the surgery is truly amazing . To be free of the very debilitating pain is nothing short of miraculous.
So thank you for giving me back my life and putting the spring back in my step.