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Private or NHS?

samcaroledorothy
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Not sure if my previous post went! So posting again..

Saw my gp last week about a stye, and while looking at my eye, she noticed a small BCC  situated between my eye and corner of nose.

I asked her about going private, and she said it was up to me..but that she would advise me just to wait a month approx for Nhs appointment. She said, if it was her mother, she would tell her that. (However she mentioned also that I might have less of a scar with MOHS treatment.

Anyway I just decided to make an appointment with a private guy who specialises in Mohs surgery..even though it will cost me, and have an appointment to see him on monday.I am worried because it is on my face.

Has anyone got any advice..re private versus nhs?

Thanks everyone.

Magic59
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Although it pains me to say it I would go 100% private. But only for an initial appointment. You will be  seeing the same people ( the nhs staff are the best, and do private work at weekends/evenings/days off etc, your surgeon will be nhs trained and will work as an nhs surgeon) the advantages are  that although you are seeing the same people you have time to ask questions and have a discussion that you will not get on the nhs. In terms of treatment the nhs/private will be the same only the environment might be different. 
i Did both and found the nhs so stressful ( I am an early retired nhs nurse but still found it so stressful) but for long term treatment I will choose nhs. If I need to be seen quickly/have worries I will take an initial private appointment and then be referred to nhs for treatment. 

Magic59
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*and time frame - you will be further up the nhs ( if that is what you choose) list if you have a private initial appointment* 

samcaroledorothy
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Magic59..thanks so much for your advice.  

Yes, I am sure the NHS staff are great, however because I am a worrier and because the BCC is close to my eye...I feel I just want to get it treated asap.  Surely I would have the surgery sooner if I stick with the private guy?(he works for a private hospital in the south side of Glasgow..Ross Hall.

I do get your point, of course...that the surgeons also work for the NHS.

I still have an NHS appointment that my gp made(she indicated that it would be about a month)...so maybe(as you say) i will go to the private appointment on monday and just discuss it all with the consultant. kind regards

Frankie 1
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Hi Samcaroldorothy, 

fully agree with Magic59, go private and then you can have surgery nhs, I had same issues, I’ve had MOHs and forehead flap surgery and am due to have flap separation on Wednesday, I saw surgeon privately then had my op 9 weeks later, with the same surgeon, whilst I was having my MOHs there was one other lady in with me and she had very similar to you, by the eye and corner of nose she was in and out within the hour she also did the same as in paid private to see surgeon, so see surgeon Monday and then go on nhs waiting list you won’t be too long waiting for your surgery.

good  luck

Frankie1

Magic59
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Yes make an appointment and take it from there, if nhs wait is too long you can still book private surgery, good luck xx

samcaroledorothy
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Thank you!!

samcaroledorothy
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Hi Frankie 1   Thanks so much for replying...yes I will talk to surgeon on monday, and see what he says.  Thats a little bit reassuring to hear of this other lady, with a bcc in corner of eye...mine is only tiny, according to the gp..but then there could be more underneath..who knows..just have to put it out of my mind till then.

Im not sure what flap separation is?...BUT HOPE IT ALL GOES WELL FOR YOU! GOOD LUCK

Magic59
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How did you get on samcaroledorothy? I hope your appointment helped with your decision making.  I hope all goes well for you frankie1 xx

samcaroledorothy
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Hi Magic59 and thanks for asking. I saw the consultant down in Glasgow. He thinks it is a bcc..But only a small one(on the surface anyway, says my anxious self)    On a scale of 1 to 10 he said a 1 or 2.  I am going back down next wed  for a biopsy..he says they may get it all out there and then but if not he would do MOHs.

I expect they will analyse it in the lab and I will have to wait for results...not sure how long to wait tho.He says he will leave it to heal by secondary intention( no stitches just an open wound that will take a while to heal... use be because it’s so close to my eye and would give a better result.

yes I decided on the private route, cos getting it done sooner rather than later on the nhs is more important to me than the cost.   I’m ok waiting a week...but sure I will be a bag of nerves on the day!

Magic59
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That’s good you’re getting it done soon, and will be great if you get it all out at the biopsy,  it’s horrible all the waiting and anxiety. I hope it goes well for you all the best xx

Frankie 1
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Hi 

all went well with my op, flap was basically my forehead was cut and twisted to cover my nose after cancer was cut out my bcc was on the tip septum and effected a nostril.

the flap has been cut off so I now am left with a large scar from in my hair line which after 4 weeks is fading fast, I have a scar from my eyebrow right down to corner of eye, and across bottom just under bridge 

Frankie 1
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Hope you can see pictures and can see were they took skin to make my new nose once all this is healed you will hardly see the scars look how good forehead is after four weeks 

good luck for Monday Frankie1

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Frankie 1
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Hi Magic59

hope your ok, all went well thanks am very sore but really pleased with outcome, think once scars settle I will be fine

love Frankie1 xx

samcaroledorothy
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Thanks so much !,,yes I am anxious and have another problem as well...as the stye with pus filled pimple which is now being treated with antibiotics...I’m praying it will be sorted before next wed. Or I may have to cancel/postpone the surgery.   Nightmare.  If I am to have an open wound then I don’t want any infection left in the style,,!

Then again if I hadn’t gone to see the go with a stye. Then she wouldn’t have found the bcc!       I hope you are ok yourself.  As I can’t remember your original post?