Private X-Ray London

We offer an efficient and state of the art private x-ray service in London, enabling you to get an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. Whether you’re suffering from a bone fracture, a heart condition or something else, we can help with our same-day x-ray service. There is no need to wait weeks, or even months for an NHS appointment. If you don’t have a doctor referral, we can arrange for you to have a short consultation with an experienced GP at LycaHealth before your X-ray.

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Walk-in X-Ray Service – No appointment needed (referral letter required)

We are now offering a walk-in service for private x-rays in London (Canary Wharf and Orpington). If you already have a referral letter, there will be a maximum waiting time of around 30 minutes for your scan, which is available at the following times Monday to Friday:

  • Canary Wharf: 8.30am to 5.00pm
  • Orpington: 8.00am to 5.00pm

Through the National Health Service, you may have to wait several weeks, and even months to have an x-ray. During that time you could be in serious discomfort, and it’s natural to be worried about your diagnosis and the next steps. Our efficient service will help you to get the answers to these questions as quickly as possible. Find out more about our private x-ray service below.

What is an x-ray?

An x-ray is a quick and pain-free medical procedure that is used to produce internal images of various parts of your body. It is especially useful for looking at bones/fractures and can help detect a range of medical conditions, even to do with the heart and soft tissues. We have a team of highly skilled radiographers who have been specially trained to carry out private x-rays in the most effective way. Booking an appointment couldn’t be more straightforward, simply use the online form, or make use of our walk-in service.

What can x-ray scans help to diagnose?

Our x-ray service in London can help to detect the following:

  • Bone breaks and fractures
  • Bone cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Tooth decay, loose teeth and dental abscesses
  • Osteoporosis
  • Breast tumours
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Digestion issues
  • Detection of swallowed objects, as well as swallowing problems
  • Heart problems
  • Bone tumours (cancerous and non-cancerous)

If an issue you would like detecting or investigating isn’t listed above, please get in touch with our team where we’ll be happy to offer you some more information, and advise whether an x-ray is the best service for you. We also offer MRI scans, CT scans and Ultrasound scans, depending on what type of investigation is best for your circumstances.

What happens during an x-ray?

Your radiographer will ask you to lie or stand against a flat surface, where they will then position the area of your body that is being investigated. Next, they will move the x-ray machine into position, it is at this point your radiographer will go behind a screen, or into another room. During the procedure, it is important you remain very still in order for us to get the best images.

Generally, the x-ray procedure will be over within a couple of minutes, so after that, you are free to get on with your day! Here at Lyca Health, we strive to offer an efficient service that provides accurate results. With flexible appointment times to best work around you, your private x-ray in London will cause as little disruption to your day as possible.

Available at the following clinics

Canary Wharf

0207 132 1440

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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Orpington

01689 490 111

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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Private x-ray cost London

Are you wondering “how much is a private x-ray in London?”, our x-rays start from just £80. You can view our full self-pay price list here.

How to get a private x-ray without a referral

Are you wondering if you can book a private x-ray without a referral?  LycaHealth is now accepting self-referrals from new and existing patients, enabling you to access exceptional healthcare when you need it most.

If you don’t have a doctor referral, we can arrange for you to have a short consultation with an experienced GP at LycaHealth before the MRI scan

To get an x-ray if you don’t have a referral letter, head over to our self-referral page to book your private x-ray with us today!

Why choose LycaHealth for your private x-ray?

  • Central locations, and out of central London locations to best suit your needs
  • COVID Secure – We are operating in a COVID secure way to keep you safe during your visit to our clinics
  • Rapid Appointment Times – Same day appointments possible with our walk in service
  • Gain Access to Superior Diagnostic Equipment
  • No Referral Necessary – Unlike other healthcare providers, we do not require you to have a referral to book in

So if you’re searching for an “x-ray near me”, visit one of the LycaHealth clinics today.

If you have an x-ray you will be exposed to radiation during the procedure. However, this is considered very safe for most adults and it is highly unlikely that it will cause any long-term damage. Please note, pregnant women are advised not to have x-rays as this could affect the foetus. If you have a broken limb, it might be uncomfortable holding this in place during the procedure.

The x-ray will only take a couple of minutes.

No, there is no need to worry about your x-ray as you won’t feel a thing. The only time you may experience some discomfort is when the radiographer is putting you into position.

Lyca Health accepts cover from all major health insurance companies. However, you do not need medical insurance if you wish to self-fund your x-ray.

X-rays work by using electromagnetic radiation to create images, you won’t be able to see or feel the x-ray. The electromagnetic radiation is passed through the area of the body being investigated. Soft tissues cannot absorb the rays but dense materials can. These differences show up as white and dark areas on the X-ray. Bones, which are denser, will show up as white whereas your heart, much softer, will show up much darker.

Usually, you can eat and drink as normal prior to an x-ray, but your radiographer will confirm this with you prior to the procedure. You should wear comfortable clothing and remove anything metallic such as jewellery or clothes with zips. You should also inform us beforehand if you are pregnant, as generally this procedure isn’t recommended for pregnant women (unless it is an emergency).

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Published: March 2021

Review date: March 2023 

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