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Doctors at The Wellington Hospital assist with diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of cancers. 

The Advanced Colorectal Surgery (ACS) Unit at The Wellington Hospital, offers a wide range of treatments for colorectal disease. Offering a pioneering ‘two surgeon’ approach, patients also benefit from an experienced, multidisciplinary team, the latest techniques and the world-class facilities available at The Wellington hospital.

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Cancer Care as an Outpatient

The Leaders in Oncology Care at The Wellington Hospital offers a comprehensive day case chemotherapy service and oncology outpatient department. The LOC is intrinsically linked with other support services provided by The Wellington.

These include:

  • Inpatient facilities
  • Pharmacy
  • Imaging
  • Pathology
  • Dietetics

Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments

Prior to a course of treatment, it is your consultant’s responsibility to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the possible therapy options, and what is involved. This forms part of the process of informed consent.

Once your treatment plan has been agreed, and the consent has been signed, all patients are offered a one-to-one appointment with a specialist nurse to ensure that they have a clear understanding of what is involved, and are given the opportunity to ask questions. Any specific needs can also be taken into account when planning treatment.

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Cancer Care as an Inpatient

Sometimes patients may require inpatient care during a course of cancer treatment; this would be provided by the Oncology Service at The Wellington Hospital. Located in Wellington South, our service has a primary focus on providing exemplary inpatient care for cancer patients.

We offer treatment for complications of cancer and complications of treatment. The multidisciplinary team is fully equipped to manage all urgent oncology admissions and the administration of inpatient chemotherapy. Our service has developed strong links with already established palliative and supportive care services, enabling a more comprehensive approach to inpatient cancer care, and establishing a unique service for the North London area.

The service benefits from The Wellington Hospital's vast facilities, particularly, one of the most advanced imaging departments in the UK, including PET/CT scanning, digital mammography and a 3T MRI scanner. In the same building our extensive intensive care offers one-to-one nursing support, should this be needed. 

Breast Care 

Breast cancer is one of the most highly diagnosed cancers amongst women, not only is it imperative to regularly check yourself, it’s also essential to have easy access to first rate services.

The Wellington Hospital offer a premium breast cancer service designed to provide patients with a seamless breast care pathway, from your initial GP referral through to diagnosis and treatment. The one-stop symptomatic breast clinic sees women referred with breast symptoms and aims to investigate, clear or diagnose breast conditions in the course of a single visit.

Specialist Consultant Care

Delivered by leading consultants in the breast care field, if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your the team will consist of a breast surgeon, radiologist, reconstructive breast surgeon and oncologist. More about a multidisciplinary team.

Breast Care Nurse

The one-stop breast clinic has a full-time specialist Breast Care Nurse who will work as a core member of the multi-disciplinary team to co-ordinate care and provide information, advice and psychological support to patients undergoing treatment for both benign and malignant disease.

The service will ensure quality and continuity of care for women attending the clinic. Our nurse offers support to patients; before diagnosis in the diagnostic clinics, during diagnosis, during treatment and also as following treatment or diagnosis.

Our Technology

The Breast Care service at The Wellington is supported by the latest imaging technology, which is vital for early detection and improving outcomes. This state-of-the-art equipment will reduce the number of times patients need to be scanned, decrease waiting times and speed up diagnosis.

Equipment available :

  • GE Digital Mammo UnitThe new Senographe DS mammography unit provides the latest advances in breast imaging. It combines the latest high-resolution digital technology with low-dose X-Rays to image the breast and detect even the smallest abnormality in breast tissue. Additional features include Senobright, a unique contrast enhanced technique for optimal visualisation of micro calcifications, and stereotactic biopsy capabilities.
  • SenobrightSenobright is an innovative breast imaging application that uses a special radiographic contrast agent combined with a dual energy spectral technique to depict the enhanced visualization of blood flow within the breast tissue and, in particular, the angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels) which may be synonymous with malignancy.

  • GE Ultrasound (LOGIQ® E9)Leadership ultrasound system with transducers & technology optimised to offer high image quality for breast imaging. The Volume Ultrasound suite enables the smallest details to be viewed with stunning clarity and pristine image uniformity.

  • Mammotome Unit, The Mammotome Biopsy system is a vacuum-assisted system for breast tissue sampling and management. It enables breast biopsies to be performed under X-ray or Ultrasound control, using a less invasive approach that allows women faster recovery and less scarring, whilst giving both patients and clinicians diagnostic confidence.
  • High Tech Mammo Reporting workstationThe Breast Care sevice has the latest version of the IDI Mammo Reporting Workstation. This includes 64bit software architecture and Windows™ 7 which enables the workstation to handle large datasets in parallel, including more than 10 sets of previous images. This allows even the most complex cases to be reviewed in an easy and intuitive manner.
  • Breast Coil for 3T MRI scannerHas increased sensitivity and specificity in comparison to the standard 1.5T. This is good for diagnosis in younger women.

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Only 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary but if there is a family history of breast cancer, this can be a big worry.Deciding to have a genetic test is a big decision for any man or woman and one that needs careful consideration.  

Breast cancer genetic testing can examine, in detail, the DNA code for 10 genes which are known to cause an increased risk of breast cancer. It is performed on a blood sample and if possible it is always more informative to test a relative who has had breast cancer. 

Based in the consulting rooms at the Platinum Medical Centre, GeneHealthUK offer screening for Breast Cancer which includes screening for genes BRCA 1 & 2. GeneHealthUk work closely with the Breast Care Nurse and are involved in MDT meetings where necessary.

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Genetic Testing

We all have approximately 25 000 genes in every cell of our body and at least 100 of these genes work to try to prevent us developing cancer. If we inherit a fault (known as a mutation) in one of these genes it can significantly raise our risk of developing specific types of cancer. Different gene mutations raise the risk of different types of cancer.

Where possible it is always most informative to offer genetic testing to someone has had cancer first. This is so that if there is a genetic mutation in the family it can be identified and then we know what to look for in healthy relatives. Before genetic testing takes place genetic counselling should be arranged to help support each individual.

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Genetic Testing (part of our Breast Care Unit)

We offer a state-of-the-art cancer screening service to men and women. Screening is offered for BRCA 1 & 2, Ovarian and Breast Cancer. 

We hold a regular clinic at the Platinum Medical Centre, for more information or if you would like to make an appointment please call 0207 483 5148.


Gynaecological Cancers

There are three main types of gynaecological cancer:

  • Cervical Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer

With increasing awareness of these diseases and their symptoms and earlier diagnosis and treatment, there are better outcomes now than ever before.

Our service has a number of senior gynaecology cancer specialists who are able to take advantage of the latest advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment including fertility sparing surgery for younger women.

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The Wellington Hospital’s Liver Unit has one of the most distinguished multidisciplinary teams in Europe, supported by the most up-to-date and comprehensive imaging and surgical facilities available anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Our team aims to provide the best possible treatment for all conditions that affect the liver, pancreas and biliary tree including cancer.

The unit can also be referred to as an HPB service. This stands for Hepato (meaning Liver), Pancreato and Biliary.

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The Wellington Hospital was the first private hospital in the United Kingdom to establish a comprehensive, self-contained Neurosurgical Unit in 1990 which is now regarded as the country’s leading private neurosurgical service.

Nine consultant neurosurgeons, all of whom hold senior positions at London renowned teaching hospitals, treat the full range of adult neurosurgical conditions including brain tumours, degenerative disease of the spine including nerve compression, vascular conditions such as cerebral aneurysms and brain or spinal injuries.

The Wellington has the largest diagnostic and imaging unit in the private sector and facilities include two MRI scanners and an ultrafast 64 slice CT plus the full range of X-ray and Ultrasound technology.

Depending on the circumstances of each patient, where surgery is required, a consultant can arrange for the operation to be performed without delay or, for less acute cases, at a mutually convenient time.

Anaesthetic services are provided by experienced specialist neuroanaesthetists and post-operative care is provided by an intensive care unit situated immediately adjacent to the theatre suite. Unique in the private sector, the hospital has over 50 critical care beds and two level three Intensive Care Units.

If surgery is not necessary, the Wellington Hospital offers a full range of other services including specialist pain relief and neurorehabilitation. Radio surgery and radiotherapy using the latest technology is also available when required.

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In 2013, The Wellington Hospital received over 100 Neuroendocrine Tumour (NETs) cases prompting a growing need to a dedicated unit which specialised in this area. As a result of this growth, we have introduced WELLNET, a new state-of-the-art Neuroendocrine Tumour Unit, offering private care to the UK and internationally.

WELLNET has been developed by Consultant Gastroenterologist,Professor Martyn Caplin the current chairman of the European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society. His international reputation in the field of neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumours has provided a strong basis for The Wellington to build a dedicated oncology service to support patients who require radiation treatment in isolation. The WELLNET team is made up of specialist NET consultant, clinical nurse specialists and nuclear medicine physicists.The team work together with a network of healthcare professionals via multi-disciplinary team meetings to manage the health of their patients. 

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The skin cancer specialist service is located at our Lodge Road facility. The service combines the latest in sophisticated technology with the considerable experience of a dedicated multidisciplinary team. 

Patients, have rapid access to our co-ordinated service which provides prompt assessment of suspicious skin lesions by our dedicated team of highly experienced dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

The service is supported by a specialist pathology team who provide prompt analysis of suspicious skin lesions. This allows those for timely reassurance for those who don’t have cause for concern, whilst those who have a potentially dangerous problem can proceed with appropriate further investigations and surgical treatments as required.

Skin Cancer Specialist Equipment and Support Services at The Wellington Hospital;

  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Prompt removal of suspicious lesion for specialist analysis
  • Further skin tumour surgery and reconstruction with advanced techniques
  • Accurate staging of melanoma by Sentinel Lymphnode Biopsy
  • Micro Graphic (Mohs) Surgery for difficult skin tumours
  • PET CT Scanner for accurate detection of advanced disease
  • Dedicated specialists in skin cancer Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy

Skin Cancer Conditions Treated include:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Malignant Melanoma (MM)
  • Dermatiofibro Sarcoma
  • Lymphoma of the Skin

Multi-disciplinary Team

Chaired by Ciaran Healy, consultant Plastic Surgeon, our team at the PMC is lead by Professor Sean Whittaker in Dermatology, Dr Nick Francis in Dermato-Pathology, Dr Paul Nathan in Oncology and co-ordinated by Charge Nurse Ali Bautista.  All of the consultants participating in the London Skin Cancer Specialist Service have held senior positions at NHS teaching hospitals and contribute to the ongoing development of the speciality. 

Through working closely together, the service provides integrated care for skin cancer patients throughout the continuum of the disease process, from diagnoses through surgical management and chemo or radiotherapy for advanced disease.

To book an appointment with one of our skin cancer specialists please contact the Enquiry Heline on 0207 483 5148.

Prostate cancer

There are a number of tests available to diagnose prostate cancer including:

  • A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test is taken to test the amount of PSA in a sample of your blood. PSA is produced both by normal and cancerous prostate cells and high levels of PSA may indicate cancer but could also be caused by other prostate diseases.
  • A digital rectal examination (DRE) enables your doctor to feel your prostate through the wall of your rectum.
  • Your doctor may recommend a prostate biopsy, a surgical procedure to take a small piece of tissue using a needle.
  • A PCA3PlusTM test is a urine-based molecular test for patients who have elevated PSA and a negative biopsy result.

The treatment of prostate cancer depends on the patient. The unit offers a variety of treatment options include

  • Monitoring
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • "Green Light Laser" - Photo-selective Vaporisation of Prostate (PVP)
  • High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

Bladder cancer

If a patient shows symptoms that suggest bladder cancer, the doctor will check signs of general health and may then order laboratory tests and one or more of the following procedures:

Physical exam: The doctor feels the abdomen and pelvis for tumors. The physical exam may include a rectal or vaginal exam.

Urine tests: The laboratory checks the urine for blood, cancer cells and other signs of disease.

Cystoscopy: The doctor inserts a thin, lighted tube, called a cystoscope (a tube with a small camera on the end), through the urethra and into the bladder to examine the lining. The patient usually does not need anaesthesia for this procedure.

Intravenous pyelogram (IVP): An iodine-based contrast dye is injected into a vein and then a series of X-ray type images are taken at timed intervals. This test is designed to study the kidneys, bladder, and ureters (the tubes which carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder).

Treatment of bladder cancer includes: Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy and Biological therapy.

Colorectal Cancer

Our specialist medical teams treat the whole range of gastro-intestinal and biliary conditions.

We care for patients with acute emergency conditions such as gastro intestinal bleeding and all our patients have rapid access to some of the most experienced consultants and physicians in London.

With the support of the most comprehensive state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging facilities in the private sector, our multi-disciplinary teams can make a diagnosis and begin treatment within the shortest possible time.

Upper GI conditions treated include:

  • Coeliac disease
  • Gall stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Food intolerance
  • Achalasia: A condition where the muscle that controls the opening between the oesophagus and the stomach does not relax properly, leading to a build up of food in the oesophagus.
  • Barrett's Oesophagus: Damage to the oesophagus caused by acid reflux.
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
  • Lower GI conditions treated include:
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Polyps in the bowel.)
  • The Unit also treats all forms of gastro-intestinal cancers including:
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stromal


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