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NHS receives nearly 7,000 breast implant referrals

Nearly 550 women have opted to have PIP implants removed

Mark Gould

Friday, 13 April 2012

The NHS has received nearly 7,000 referrals of women who have had controversial PIP breast implants implanted privately.

After consultation with surgeons, some 375 women have decided to have the implant removed and to date 154 women have gone ahead with the removal procedure. And some 169 women who have had PIP implants under the NHS have decided to have the implants removed of whom 37 have had the removal procedure.

Of the women who had private PIP implants:

  • A total of 5,964 referrals have now been received, 166 of these were received during the last week (i.e. week ending 8 April).
  • These referrals have been received by 121 trusts.
  • 3,263 scans have now been completed and 124 of these were during the last week.
  • 2,112 women have completed their NHS offer and 98 of these have been this week.

This data splits the private patient data into 3 categories (Harley, Transform and Other). Harley and Transform are separately identified because, according the available information, they have the largest number of patients with PIP implants. “Other” includes unknown so some of these patients may be identified in later weeks as Harley or Transform patients.

The latest estimate of the number of women who had PIP implants done by the NHS is 808. This data covers the seven NHS providers which had used PIP implants on NHS patients in the past. A total of 779 women have been contacted to date. Of these women 65 have had scans completed. Some 169 decisions have been made to explant and 37 explants have already taken place.

The Department of Health says the point at which the NHS offer is completed will vary according to the circumstances of each woman. Some women will simply want reassurance, others will decide after clinical advice to have their implants explanted by the NHS.

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