Call me on: 0208 1500 002

“I needed clarification after the appointment and felt at ease to email him and received a fast response.”

Patient Survey 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparation, arrival, locations and times

Before we meet please email me a brief description of your child's problem. It is extremely helpful if you can also send copies of relevant correspondence and test results.

Please bring relevant medical records such as your child’s immunisation card (or ‘Red Book’) with you.

I do my best to keep to time, so please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment as you will need to complete a registration form before we meet.

If you are not familar with traveling in central London then please bear in mind that it can take much longer than you anticipate.

My clinics are held at three locations, the Portland and Cromwell Hospitals and London Medical. This my current timetable.

Please click here for addresses, locations and transport links.

Please click here for individual Google Maps of the Portland and Cromwell Hospitals and London Medical

How long are appointments

A paediatric consultation involves a holistic approach, which includes a full history and examination of your child. I will discuss my diagnosis and explain what tests and follow up might be required.

I provide longer appointments than others, so that I can explore your concerns.

New patient appointments last 45 minutes. Complex consultations may require up to an hour.

Follow-up appointments are usually 30 minutes

Tests and prescriptions

If tests are required they can be undertaken on site and you will be invoiced directly by the hospital for these.

Private prescriptions can be dispensed on site or at your local pharmacy.

Follow up

With your permission, I will email a letter to you with a record of what we have discussed and also send a copy to your General Practitioner (GP), so that everyone is kept fully informed. I will also email copies of test results to you for your records.

Following an appointment I may ask you to keep me updated by email, for example if I have recommended a change of treatment

Once we have met, I am able to answer (brief) queries by email.


If you have confirmed an appointment and are not able to attend please give at least 2 full working days notice, by email.

With less notice I may not able to re-allocate your slot to another patient and you will then be charged in full.

Home visits

At present, I do not undertake home visits.

Advice for insured patients

You do not need Private Healthcare insurance to see me, but if you have UK insurance you will probably need a referral from your GP.

Before we meet please discuss any planned face-to-face or Skype appointment with your company, making sure that you have an up-to-date authorisation number. There are many types of policy, and a minority do not cover Skype consultations.

I am registered with all of the main providers (except Vitality). Please let me know if your company is not listed below, prior to your appointment.

  • Aetna
  • Aviva
  • Allianz
  • BUPA, BUPA International
  • CIGNA, CIGNA International & Global
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Healix
  • HTH, Geo-Blue
  • Simply Health
  • WPA

Please let me know in advance if your policy has an excess, as you will need to settle this directly with me. If you fail to do so, then you may incur an additional administration fee of £25.

Please note that ultimate responsibility for payment rests with you. Sould any insurance claim be declined, in part or in whole, then you will be required to pay the outstanding balance with an administration fee of £50.


Standard 45min first Consultation *
Standard 30min follow-up Consultation *
Vaccination only (no Consultation) **
Late cancellation or non-attendance ***

My professional fee is based on the time I spend, before, during and after a consultation.

My fee does not include the cost of tests, prescriptions or vaccines - which you will need to settle directly with the Hospital or Pharmacy.

For more information please visit the 'Fees' page.

* A prolonged or complex consultation which necessitates additional work before or after the consultation may incur an extra charge of £100 (and in exceptional cases more than this). ** A new patient appointment is usually required for the first vaccionation. A lower fee is charged for subsequent vaccinations, if there is no consultation. *** A late cancellation fee applies if you do not attend and give less than 2 full working days notice (eg a fee would be charged if notice is given at a weekend for the following Tuesday). If you do not attend and do not give notice, a standard consultation fee will be charged.


If you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation contact NHS 111 or your nearest Accident & Emergency Department. For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, call the 999 service.

I consult or can be visited at the following locations:

The Portland Hospital for Women and Children Cromwell Hospital Harley Street Pasdiatric Group London Medical

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“Dr Sawczenko is by far the most professional understanding and trustworthy doctor I have seen.”

“Excellent diagnostician, really cares about a patient, very responsive with follow up questions.”

“Easily contactable, and has never dismissed any concerns we have for our sons. He is very honest, caring, and very patient.”

“He is very personable, he really listens to the problems we were facing. We can't rate him highly enough and would always recommend him.”

“I needed clarification after the appointment and felt at ease to email him and received a fast response.”

Patient Survey 2013