The time factor

May 3, 2017

After finding a lump in my right breast, I didn’t want to wait for an appointment at my doctor’s surgery. I decided to go through my private medical insurance as I felt this would be the quicker option. The insurance company provided me with the details of three consultants who I could call to arrange a consultation.

I rang Spire Washington Hospital and spoke to an efficient adviser who was extremely helpful and sympathetic. I arranged an appointment to see Mr Bhatti in just three days’ time. I was relieved to know I’d be seen so soon.

I attended my consultation with Mr Bhatti who I found to be caring and understanding. He examined me and immediately put my mind at ease. On the same evening I underwent a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy. I was petrified and feared the worst, but Mr Bhatti and the staff at Spire Washington Hospital provided me with plenty of reassurance. I was advised that night that the lump would have to be removed but it was unclear what it was.

Just two days later I returned for the official results. I was advised it was not cancer and there was nothing to be concerned about. I was ecstatic!

An appointment was made for me to attend the hospital just over a week later to have the lump removed.

When I returned for surgery the staff were outstanding. I met so many different staff in varying capacities and each one of them were extremely professional in their role. I underwent my procedure, which was a great success. I was only in the hospital for the day but I received fantastic care.

I had a follow-up appointment and discovered that the lump was in fact a benign tumour. Mr Bhatti checked my wound and was happy with my progress. He said he would see me in six months but advised me that if I had any problems or concerns, I could contact him immediately.

Mr Bhatti was a very polite, professional and friendly gentleman. I would have no hesitation recommending him and can’t thank him – or the wider team at Spire Washington Hospital – enough.

Mr Bhatti says:

Self-examination of the breasts is extremely important and should be done by every woman once a month. If there are any unusual findings, such as a lump, tenderness, nipple discharge or change in size or shape of the breast, these should be immediately reported to a GP or consultant. Detecting cancers at an early stage makes all the difference in the treatment of breast cancer.

Spire Washington Hospital 
To find out more about inSpire – Spire’s exclusive private medical plan – contact one of their customer service advisers on: 0191 448 9514

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