Audit of Check4Cancer’s One Stop Breast Clinic network confirms clinical excellence in the private sector

 

Check4Cancer, the reliable and trusted provider of early cancer detection and genetic services in the UK, announces audit results from its private breast cancer diagnostic pathway, confirming Check4Cancer’s One Stop Breast Clinic network provides clinical excellence for patients experiencing symptoms of breast cancer.

The audit of over 4,400 patients, published in the European Journal of Surgical Oncology1, confirmed that 85% of women seen without GP referral could be reassured and discharged on the same day. The average time to the first appointment attended was 3.5 days, and the average feedback score was 98/100. Women with breast cancer symptoms can be reassured that this private service is safe, fast and offers 100% compliance with NICE guidelines for best practice.

Check4Cancer has developed a safe pathway where all clinical, imaging and biopsy investigations are performed on the same day. This best practice, One Stop pathway is available at all BreastHealth clinics, conducted by a network of 65 consultant breast surgeons throughout the UK, with a breast radiologist present in clinic. All surgeons are vetted before joining the network, and must report all investigations performed and results from each case. This safe breast cancer diagnostic service was developed in order to prevent patients from being mis-diagnosed using lessons learned following the Ian Paterson breast surgeon scandal in Birmingham.

Professor Gordon Wishart, Chief Medical Officer at Check4Cancer, commented, “I am delighted that Check4Cancer has provided patients with rapid access to an accurate and reliable diagnosis, reducing average times to be seen and improving patients’ experience in the private sector. I am also extremely proud of the Check4Cancer team, which continued offering face-to-face consultations and same-day investigations for both insured and self-funding patients with breast symptoms all the way through lockdown, albeit via a slightly reduced network ”.

Reference

  1. Wishart GC, Mills L, Holliday J on behalf of the BreastHealth UK network of breast surgeons. An audit of private one stop diagnostic breast clinics in the UK. 2020; Eur J Surg Oncol. 46(6): e18, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejso.2020.03.067:

Further information regarding Check4Cancer, One Stop Breast Clinic, and the full audit results are available on request.