These are challenging times for the country, and especially for our patients with suspected or confirmed head and neck/thyroid cancer. Please be assured that we are continuing to see, investigate, and treat all patients with suspected cancer. If you have worrying symptoms please contact your GP, or if you are already one of our patients contact either my secretary or your Clinical Nurse Specialist. If you are waiting for an operation, we will aim to carry out your surgery as soon as possible, while keeping you safe. We are operating at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Solihull Hospital, so please be prepared to attend either site for your operation. You will be given plenty of notice and our team is on hand to answer any questions you have.
For most people with suspected thyroid cancer, a wait of a few weeks before surgery will have no adverse effect at all, however any wait can lead to increased anxiety and worry. Please contact my secretary or our Clinical Nurse Specialist team if you would like to discuss the timing of your surgery.
If you are already on the waiting list for thyroid surgery at University Hospital Birmingham, you may be contacted in the coming weeks with a date for your operation. You will be asked to self isolate before your operation, and you may be asked to attend for COVID test before you operation. This is to reduce the risk to both you and the staff at the hospital.
Many of our patients were waiting for, or were expecting, radio iodine treatment for thyroid cancer as the COVID-19 pandemic began. We have now re-introduced radio-iodine treatment and we are will be able to discuss the timing of this, if it is needed, at your clinic appointment. If you have any concerns of queries please contact my secretary or our Clinical Nurse Specialist team.
We are still taking new referrals, both from GPs and other hospitals for suspected head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer. If you have symptoms that you are worried about please contact your GP and they will be able to arrange a referral to our team at UHB. You will initially be contacted by myself or one of my head and neck consultant colleagues for a telephone appointment and you may then be asked to attend for a face to face appointment or a scan/biopsy.
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT, PLEASE DO NOT DELAY, SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR GP.