The Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Specialist Breast Clinic


UPDATE: COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS CONTINGENCY 

24 May 2020

We have made arrangements to manage our new and existing patients during this time of crisis. We are following national guidance about managing breast patients, and we will continue to provide a service during this difficult time. In keeping with social distancing and protecting patients and staff, we have moved predominantly to remote working, but we can arrange face to face consultations, where required.

1) All patients will be offered an initial remote consultation, either by phone or video link.

2) We can arrange to have face to face consultations for patients (aged under 70 and without significant other health issues) in cases, where the GP or you have serious concerns about your breasts. There are face to face appointments available every thursday at the Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital, but we will always arrange an initial remote consultation. Mammograms, ultrasound scans and biopsies can be performed during these consultations, if required. 

3) Patients aged over 70 or with other significant health problems will be managed remotely in conjunction with your GP.

4) All patients will be asked if they have had any symptoms or been in contact other people with COVID19.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Sue Nicholls our PA.

Phone 07946679968 or 07979 690200 (0900-1800 hrs only please)

Email secretary@theimg.co.uk (any time)


'You and your team are amazing and offer such wonderful care

Welcome to Yourbreast.co.uk, your specialist breast clinic at the Cheltenham Nuffield Hospital in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 6SY. If you have a worrying Breast problem such as a lump, nipple discharge or change in shape of your breast, then we can offer you all the required diagnostic tests and a consultation in a "One Stop Clinic", with availability every weekday. The clinic is fully equipped with the latest digital mammogram and ultrasound equipment. If you need an operation, this can be done in Cheltenham.

Alternatively if you are seeking advice about cosmetic surgery, such as Breast Implants (Breast augmentation / enlargement), Breast Reduction, Breast Uplift (Mastopexy), or the new BREFORM 'Internal Bra', come and see one of our Consultant Breast Surgeons.  Our aim is to look after all your breast concerns.

We spend the majority of our working week caring for women and men with breast complaints.We offer diagnosis, advice and treatment for benign breast conditions and breast cancer. We provide breast reconstruction surgery for women who have had mastectomy or lumpectomies. We also offer a full range of cosmetic breast surgery options including breast implants (augmentation), breast reduction, breast uplift (mastopexy), revision surgery, BREFORM and treatment for male breast enlargement (gynaecomastia).

All our patients can be reassured that they will be treated to the highest standards. We have the following features in our service, which are not normally found in the majority UK private hospitals.

Private dedicated breast care specialist nurses available in every clinic.

Private dedicated breast care specialist nurse advice and telephone service for our patients.

Private dedicated weekly multidisciplinary meetings at the Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital to discuss biopsy results and care of patients diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Private Cosmetic Surgery Breast weekly multidisciplinary meetings - First in the UK.

Our three surgeons are members of the Association of Breast Surgeons and help write UK guidelines for treating people with breast diseases and cancer. We have also appeared on Channel 4's health awareness programmes 'Embarrassing Illnesses' & 'Embarrassing Bodies', BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 & Radio 5 Live and have contributed to articles in the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sunday Express as well as local newspapers and radio.

Although the majority of our patients live in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cirencester, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds, we also looks after many patients from Herefordshire or Worcestershire. We have treated a number of patients from different parts of the UK, as well as some from Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong & China. We are easy to find in Cheltenham GL51 6SY on this MAP , located a mile away from Junction 11 of the M5 in Gloucestershire.

Please note that we usually have availability every week day to see one of our consultants. We try to offer every patient an appointment within one working day.

NEWS

1 July 2016 - Presentation of our data on the Cosmetic Breast MDT and Breform in beeast cancer patients at the BAPRAS Summer Meeting in Bristol

17 May 2016 - Charlie Chan and Fiona Court have been presenting at the Association of Breast Surgery Conference in Manchester on a number of topics from diagnostic ultrasound to cancer surgery and Breform.

4th January 2016 - Cosmetic surgery multi-disciplinary meetings - UK first

Every week, we have a multidisciplinary meeting to discuss biopsy results and the management of our breast cancer patients. This includes the routine discussion of reconstruction cases before surgery. Last year, we decided to start discussing all our cosmetic surgery cases as well, both pre- and post-operatively. This means that all our patients can benefit from a panel discussion of each case by up to 4 consultant surgeons and 2 breast care nurses to ensure that the best options and techniques are used. It also means that we review the results of every case to ensure that all our patients are getting the optimum outcomes. This new development extends beyond the recommendations made by Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of the NHS, in his report on cosmetic surgery in 2013 following the PIP implant scandal. We hope that this will reassure our patients that patient safety and high quality care are at the centre of our service.

16th June 2015 - First UK series of Breform patients presented at the Association of Breast Surgeons Meeting in Bournemouth - Poster Prize Session

Charlie Chan presents the first reported series of UK Breform patients. This includes the novel use of Breform in breast cancer patients as well as its normal use in women requesting breast reduction or breast uplift. If you would like to listen to this short talk, the talk is available on the Association of Breast Surgeons website, (click on Session 19 starting at slide 22).

BBC Radio 5 Live

Charlie Chan talks to Emma Barnett on the Afternoon Edition (from 22 mins 15 secs) about the challenges of meeting the Government's pledge to offer a 7 day NHS service by 2020.

24 December 2014 - Funding row about NHS specialist services - BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live

Following a letter from over 300 specialists in the Daily Telegraph, Charlie Chan talks to Colin Paterson about the funding pressures in the NHS. In spite of increased funding, specialist services, such as some cancer services, cost more to deliver than NHS hospitals receive in payment.

10 November 2014 - Why men should check themselves for breast cancer - Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

One of our patients talks to the Daily Telegraph about his diagnosis of male breast cancer and the effect this disease has had on his family. The use of the Oncotype DX test has enabled this patient to be spared chemotherapy. James Bristol discusses the issues about male breast cancer, and why this is much more poorly studied that the disease in women. Mr Bristol is campaigning for a national database for male breast cancer, so that this rare disease and the treatments can be studied more closely. 

26 October 2014 - Emma Barnett - BBC Radio 5 Live

Interview with Charlie Chan on Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a pilot episode for Emma Barnett's new BBC Radio 5 Live Sunday evening show, due to start next month.

18th August 2014 - BBC Radio Scotland, Newsdrive with Bill Whitefoot

BBC Radio Scotland

Bill Whitefoot chats to Charlie Chan about the recent data showing significant improvements in the death rates from the 4 most common cancers - breast, prostate, bowel and lung. This encouraging news is tempered by the fact that death rates from other cancers has remained static or even risen over the last 2-3 decades. The difficulties of running clinical trials in patients with rare cancers are explained. The numbers of people dying from all the rare cancers exceeds the total for people dying with the 4 most common types. The Medical Innovation Bill is discussed, and the patient safeguards outlined to ensure the vulnerable people are not exploited. A new database, to be housed at the University of Oxford, will collect all the information about patients having novel therapies; this will allow proper scientific analysis over time.

13th August 2014 - BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine Show with Paddy O'Connell

BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show

Paddy O'Connell interviews Charlie Chan with the Radio 2 GP, Sarah Jarvis. They talk about the possibility of using "untested" drugs in the UK, as proposed by the Medical Innovation Bill. Charlie Chan explains that the Bill will only allow responsible innovative treatments for people with serious illnesses, who have run out of other standard and trial options. He goes on to discuss the rigorous safeguards being put in place to protect vulnerable patients.

12th August 2014 - BBC Radio 4, PM Programme with Eddie Mair

BBC Radio 4 - PM Programme with Eddie Mair

Charlie Chan is interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 afternoon news programme, PM, by Eddie Mair. The recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has prompted the World Health Organisation to declare an international medical emergency. The WHO has sanctioned the use of ZMAPP, a novel antibody treatment for Ebola, which has been untested in humans. Could other untested drugs be tried in other extreme circumstances in the UK, for example in advanced cancer? The new Medical Innovation Bill, sponsored by Lord Saatchi, is discussed, and how this might benefit people in the UK in the future with serious illnesses.

4th May 2014 - Sunday Express - How a friend gave Dr Feelgood legend a chance of life

Charlie Chan talking about his friend, Wilko Johnson, and the dramatic change in fortune for the guitarist given ten months to live with terminal pancreatic cancer.

2nd April 2014 - Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill - Charlie Chan comments on why this Bill is important and how it will change the way in which we treat people with life threatening disease.

Medical Innovation Bill

24th February 2014 - Daily Telegraph - Lord Saatchi launches the consultation on his Medical Innovation Bill - Live

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/saatchi-bill/10657747/Lord-Saatchi-launches-the-consultation-on-his-medical-innovation-bill-live.html

Lord Saatchi launches the public consultation for his Bill, which would enable doctors and patients to consider new innovative treatments, when all other conventional and trial treatment options have been exhausted. He is joined by a panel of experts at the House of Lords, including Charlie Chan.

6th January 2014 - Welcome to Helen Rankin, our new Breast Care Nurse. Helen has over 15 years experience as a senior Breast Care Nurse in the local NHS. She will be working with our existing Breast Care Nurse, Louise Bayntun. We are delighted that she will bring a wealth of expertise to help support all our patients.