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General FAQs

Q. When can I be seen privately?
A. I do a clinic every Thursday at the Runnymede Hospital. This is in the morning. However, every 4th week it is in the afternoon. For urgent referrals with suspected cancer, I may arrange an adhoc session at other times during the week at the Runnymede Hospital. Hence, for routine referrals I can usually see patients within a week and for urgent referrals this will be even sooner.

Q. Where and when can I be seen on the NHS?
A. I do clinics every Tuesday at St Peters Hospital and every Friday at Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) in Guildford. In these clinics I only see patients who have been referred with a suspicion of cancer. The commonest complaint is that of postmenopausal bleeding (vaginal bleeding after the menopause) or ovarian cyst. If the GP has referred these patients urgently then they are all seen within 2 weeks. For non-urgent referrals, the wait can be about 4 to 6 weeks. I also do a colposcopy clinic at St Peters Hospital on a fortnightly basis on Wednesdays.

Q. Will I be seen personally by you?
A. For private referrals, Yes. For NHS referrals, because of the volume of referrals, I am helped by a Registrar and another Hospital Practitioner.

Q. Where can I have my operation?
A. For private operations I am mainly based at the Runnymede Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey. However, I do have admitting rights at the Guildford Nuffield Hospital. I do all my robotic operations at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. For NHS operations, the operations would be performed at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) in Guildford or St Peters Hospital in Chertsey. Most of the cancer operations on the NHS are carried out at the RSCH.

Q. When can I have my operation?
A. Private routine operations can usually be accommodated within 2 weeks. Urgent operations for cancer or suspected cancer can often be accommodated in a week. On the NHS, all my operations are on patients with cancer or those being investigated to exclude cancer. Patients with cancer will usually have their operation within 3 to 4 weeks.

Q. Will you personally carry out my operation?
A. For all private operations, Yes. For NHS operations, I work closely with other consultant colleagues to share the workload and keep our waiting list for cancer manageable and below 4 weeks. If you are allocated a slot on one of my theatre lists then there is a chance that your operation will be carried out by my registrar under my supervision and usually with my assistance.

Q. If I see you privately, can I later have my operation on the NHS under your care?
A. There isn’t a straight-forward answer. If after the private consultation you are thought to have a cancer then yes. HOWEVER, your GP would have to make another formal (and urgent) referral to my NHS hospital. Furthermore, you would be placed on the waiting list once that referral is received and you may have to wait up to 3 weeks like all other NHS patients. If you are not thought to have a cancer after the private consultation then you can still transfer your care to the NHS but your care would be transferred to another consultant colleague. Once again, your GP would have to make another NHS referral. The reason that your care would not continue under me is that on the NHS I try to keep my operating waiting list small to accommodate the cancer workload.

Q. If I initially see you on the NHS, can I have my surgery privately?
A. Yes.

Q. If I have my surgery privately, can I transfer back to the NHS if I need any long term follow-up?
A. Yes.

Q. If I have my cancer operation privately, can I have any subsequent treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy on the NHS?
A. Yes.

Q. I am not insured. Can I still have my operation privately?
A. I am happy to treat self pay patients, but it is important that you find out about all the charges before embarking on treatment. Fixed priced packages may be available and I can make enquiries to the private hospitals on your behalf for a quotation. For some cancer operations (especially ovarian cancer) a fixed price package may not be available because these operations can be quite unpredictable in terms of what surgery is eventually performed. For other cancers like womb or cervix, these packages may be available.

Q. How do I get a private appointment?
A. Most patients are referred by their GP, but I am happy to see self referrals as well. If you are insured and are intending to claim the expenses from your insurer, it is highly advisable that you seek a referral from your GP (or a private GP) as your insurer may refuse to cover self referrals. It is best to seek approval of the insurers prior to considering any consultation.

Q. How do I get an NHS appointment?
A. All patients have to be referred by their GP.

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