Bupa West End Clinic in central London is opening its doors on Wednesday 26 April to offer free prostate tests from 3pm to 8pm.
Professor Hashim Ahmed, Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital and a team of doctors and health advisors will be giving up their time to raise awareness of the importance of having a check-up.
The free 15 minute appointment will be available to men over the age of 40 and will involve a simple blood test to check the PSA level, which is key to detecting prostate cancer.
Within that time men can also ask Professor Ahmed and the team any questions.
Professor Ahmed, Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital said: “Approximately 1 in 8 men in the UK will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. To help raise awareness we’re encouraging men over 40 across of London to take up the opportunity to have a quick check up.
“We’ll be offering free tests at the Bupa Health & Dental Centre West End between 3pm and 8pm on Wednesday 26 April.
“We can also discuss ways to reduce the risk of prostate cancer or any other health concerns.”
Professor Ahmed is an internationally renowned expert in prostate cancer diagnosis, imaging and biopsy as well as minimally invasive therapies for prostate cancer.
He led a study into the benefits of using MRI to diagnose prostate cancer that was described by the BBC as ‘The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer in decades’.
Bupa started looking into less intrusive ways of detecting prostate cancer back in 2012, with a particular focus on using MRI scans before considering whether to carry out biopsies.
In 2016, Bupa started working closely with Professor Ahmed to design the prostate cancer diagnosis pathway across Bupa Clinics (for diagnostics) and into Bupa Cromwell Hospital (for treatment).The benefits include:
- Shorter and more concise route to diagnosis and treatment therefore saving the patient time using the latest evidence-based approach
- Customer convenience as the patients records are shared from the Bupa clinic they visit through to Bupa Cromwell
- Faster referral and treatment
- Bupa members with suspected prostate cancer are also able to have a MRI scan in one of more than 70 approved clinics across in England, Scotland and Wales and can be referred through their urologist
Men can access this pathway either through their Bupa Health Insurance package, or through a self-pay bundle – more information here.
Gary Evans recently had a health assessment at the West End Clinic where he had a raised PSA test result. Further tests revealed that he didn’t have prostate cancer, but Mr. Evans says he’s glad he got checked.
“A further test was completed and within days I received a call from the consultant at the Cromwell Hospital who carefully explained the results to me. This new Pathway made life very easy for me and minimised the timescales. It is of great comfort to know that the test results were acted on quickly and by the experts in this field. The care and attention has been much appreciated,” he said. ENDS If you would like to book in, please call 02075062770 to arrange an appointment as spaces will be limited.