GP turned to private healthcare to save her own life

11 October 2011

Private healthcare has been given the thumbs up by one GP who ditched the NHS for better care and attention.

Dr Lesley Kirkpatrick was diagnosed with a type of eye cancer and started to receive treatment on the NHS, but quickly sought better care when she felt that her treatment plans were not suited to her needs, she writes in the Daily Mail.

She said: "I'd worked in the NHS all my life - and yes, I felt guilty. But being a patient made me see things differently. I felt alone, uncared for and forced to make things happen myself."

Through the course of radiotherapy treatment in an NHS trust hospital in Sheffield, Dr Kirkpatrick said she was offered an ultrasound scan to detect cancerous cells. But knowing that they would have most likely shrunk through the treatment and not be recognised by the scan she requested an MRI, which was promptly turned down by the hospital due to cost issues.

She also received the rare SIR spheres cancer treatment, which uses radioactive beads to deliver radiation direct to the site of the liver tumours, at Spire Southampton hospital. One year after the treatment, she reports that the tumours have stopped growing.

Dr Kirkpatrick said she would be dead if she had not taken her health into her own hands.

Treatment of eye cancer usually involves surgery or non-surgical methods such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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