Do I need a GP referral
It is generally better if your GP sees you first to make a referral. However, a self-funding patient with a relatively minor problem might see the GP after having consulted Ms Kaushik.
How do I make an appointment
You may either call the Nuffield Hospital on 01273624488 or the Montefiore Hospital on 01273828120 and speak to the bookings team. Alternatively, you may call Ms Jacqui Tame on 01273 627053. All NHS appointments are generally arranged through your GP.
What happens at the initial consultation
Ms Kaushik will perform a detailed assessment of your symptoms and if appropriate, a clinical examination is undertaken. A pelvic ultrasound can sometimes be organised at the same time without the need to return for another appointment. The ultrasound will be performed by an experienced specialist radiologist. If treatment is needed, the options will be discussed in detail.
How long do I have to wait for my operation
Any operation, if required, is generally performed within 2-3 weeks of the initial consultation or even sooner, if urgent.
Is Ms Kaushik recognised by my insurance company
Yes, she is recognised by all major insurance companies. If your insurance company is less well known or based abroad, please check with her secretary, who shall confirm and if necessary assist approval.
Who is a Gynaecological oncologist (gynae-oncologist)
A gynaecological oncologist is an obstetrician/gynaecologist who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of women with cancer of the reproductive organs. To be more specific, the gynaecological oncologist treats cancer of the ovary, endometrium, uterus, cervix, vagina, vulva and trophoblastic disease. In order to become a gynaecological oncologist in the UK, a qualified doctor must first complete an approved 5-year speciality training in obstetrics and gynaecology. Following this, he/she must complete a 2–3-year clinical fellowship in gynaecological oncology. Presently, there are 30 training programs approved by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) in the UK. The additional training during fellowship provides the skills needed for ideal care of women with gynaecological cancer. Surgical skills that are acquired during fellowship include radical pelvic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery and urologic surgery. Most training programmes also involve a period of formal research. After satisfactory completion of the fellowship, the gynaecological oncologist may practice his/her speciality. This leads to dual certification by RCOG in both gynaecology and gynaecological oncology. Currently, there are approximately 150 gynaecological oncologists in the UK. More information can be found on the RCOG website.