Guidelines have been provided to GP’s by the Government to assist them with the referral of patients who present with PIP implants. I have had a number of calls from Women last week claiming that their GP has refused to arrange a referral. Up until now we have been in the dark as to the contents of these guidelines , however last week further guidelines have now been published by a number of professional bodies representing surgeons.
This new guidance provides patients with practical advice on what to expect and their rights. It also indicates to GPs where to refer different groups of patient and advises surgeons on treatment. This guidance goes beyond current government advice aimed at patients with symptoms to give additional practical advice for the majority of patients who do not.
Key points include:
- All patients should be able to have an assessment by a surgeon regardless of whether they have symptoms.
- If a patient requests removal – they should expect to get this, regardless of the presence of any symptoms. If a patient wants time to make up their minds this should be respected – surgery to remove implants must not be a time-limited “take it or leave it” offer.
- Scans should only be used as a tool to assist patients make a decision and only take place after the patient has had a consultation with a surgeon. Scanning alone is not a reliable enough tool for detecting failure rates in breast implants.
- Reaffirms the surgical association’s view that all clinics have an ethical and moral duty of care to offer these patients treatment without charge. Advice to GPs on where to refer patients with different symptoms to ensure they get most appropriate treatment.
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