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Be Breast Aware Ladies!

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with one in eight women in the UK developing breast cancer in their lifetime, one person being diagnosed every 10 minutes, according to Breast Cancer Care . It is important to look after your breasts by checking them regularly. Breast awareness does save lives. Breast awareness is the experience of ...
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What is the Cost of private ultrasound in Harley Street, London?

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 What is the Cost of private ultrasound in Harley Street, London?

The main reason of having a private scan in London is to jump the NHS que that can be up to 6 weeks long. Other than faster diagnosis and treatments people choose to have a private scan due to the flexibility of choosing a date and time that doesnt affect their working life and daily plans.

Many people want to know what a private ultrasound cost is in London, but unfortunately there is no quick answer. Well, there is, but the answer is "it depends…….!"

The private scan prices reported online by Private Health in London  and mainly in Harley street where we are located ranging from £180 to £400 with an average price of £327 for the private abdominal scan.

Some websites from ultrasound clinics that offer private scans in London advertise ultrasound prices starting from £30. It does makes you however wonder what you get for your money.

In one of the private scan clinics in London you get a 10mins scan ... This raises concerns about the diagnostic accuracy of these scans. Would you trust them with your and your loved ones lives?

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Thyroid cancer - A private ultrasound scan can save your life.

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How a private ultrasound scan can diagnose thyroid cancer and save your life.

 

We saw lately in the news how a GP failed to refer a lady for a neck and thyroid ultrasound scan after she complained about a lump in the neck. Unfortunately, the patient later died from thyroid cancer. 

The patient visited the GP with a newly presented lump in her neck. After multiple visit in a period of 6 months, concerned that the lump was increasing in size, the GP decided to refer her for an ultrasound scan.

When eventually the patient had the neck and thyroid scan and consequent FNA the lump diagnosed as inoperative thyroid cancer and the patient subsequently died.

This is another sad story, heard too often. The same happened to 2 other patients that doctors missed blood clots and the patients died. You can read these stories here and here.

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GP failed to send the patient for an ultrasound scan to diagnose Deep Vein Thrombosis.

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The General Medical Council gave a UK General Practioner an official warning for failing to diagnose leg deep vein thrombosis on a patient. The patient consequently died from pulmonary embolism.

The patient from Newbury saw the GP, Dr Stiff multiple times with concerns about deep vein thrombosis. The General Medical Council investigation concluded that Dr Stiff  failed to adequately assess the patient's swollen ankle and failed to refer the patient for further investigations to exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The GP performed a Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound scan of the leg, despite the fact that he had failed to maintain a record of any continuing professional development in ultrasound scanning since 2002.

Strawberry Hill Medical Centre where Dr. Stiff works issued a statement saying:

"Having been this patient’s general practitioner for many years, Dr. Stiff is sorry for and fully understands the distress that this patient’s death will have caused her family."

Unfortunately failing to diagnose deep-vein thrombosis happens too often and it is unacceptable when you consider that a simple 10 minutes DVT ultrasound scan can diagnose the disease and save the patient's life. Dr Stiff performed a DVT ultrasound scan on the patient, he did not, however, have the experience and knowledge required to definitely exclude or confirmed a DVT.

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NHS refused an ultrasound scan to a pensioner who died three days later

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'WE WERE POWERLESS'  Pensioner, 79, died three days after being refused an ultrasound scan ‘that could have saved her life’

 

It was with great sadness that I read the article with the above title in yesterday's 'The Sun' newspaper. 

According to the article, Mrs. Sledmere attended her local hospital in London with abdominal pain and doctor diagnosed here with either gallstones or gastritis.

Unfortunately, she did not receive an ultrasound scan to confirm or exclude gallstones as they did not have any ultrasound scan appointments available at the time and they sent her home where she died three days later from perforated gallbladder.

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Ultrasound Scan - How, What, Why- All your questions answered

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Ultrasound Scan - How, What, Why- All your questions answered What is an ultrasound scan?

An ultrasound scan is a medical diagnostic imaging technique that utilises sound waves to obtain internal images of the body.

A probe, called transducer, rests on the skin. This probe sends soundwaves inside the body. Some of the sound waves bounce back to the prop and a powerful computer creates the black and white ultrasound image. The returning sound are called echoes.

Ultrasound scans are widely being used today as the first line of diagnostic imaging because they are relatively cheap, more available than CT and MRI and have no side effects.

 

Why should you have an ultrasound scan?

The reasons you might be having an ultrasound scan vary but, in most cases, you have been to your GP with some discomfort and maybe pain and your GP wants to see what is happening inside you.

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