I was at the Horder Centre for a hip replacement. I was surprised to receive an epidural when I thought we had agreed that I would not and was also surprised that the follow-up consultation did not include a physical examination. Nursing, physiotherapy and associated care was excellent. Food was adequate if uninspiring. There was no hot food available for breakfast. My room was spacious and clean but rather plain with little natural light. There was no proper reading light and the TV was poorly sited in relation to the bed. Overall the experience was better than an NHS general hospital but hotel services were not so good by the general standards of private hospitals. If I had been a self pay patient, I would have been a little disappointed.