New service for patients: online video consultations with an MDS specialist14 Jun. 2019
Are you unable to travel? Would you like to have a second opinion? One to one video consultations online
This is a brand new NHS service for MDS patients, for online clinical consultations with one of the main MDS specialists in the UK, Professor David Bowen, from the MDS Centre of Excellence in Leeds.
Video consultations are available on Wednesdays but with some flexibility.
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Who is it for?
- Any MDS patients who would like a specialist MDS consultation.
- This service is very similar to the standard referral request for an “Additional opinion” at an MDS Centre of Excellence.
- Just like with any conventional referral request, ask for a referral via your GP or local haematologist
Prof Bowen: "Patients should have the opportunity to see a true expert in whatever disease they have"
How can you access this service?
MDS is a rarer disease, and often requires an MDS expert to evaluate the exact sub-type of MDS, or explore and discuss additional treatment options, including clinical trials.
Your haematologist, or GP, needs to refer via the traditional referral system, to Professor David Bowen, at Leeds Teaching Hospital.
An appointment will be arranged after receipt of a formal referral from either the GP or local Haematologist, which should contain as much detail as possible, specifically results of bone marrow tests and details of treatment
Patients will require an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or laptop/desktop computer with a camera.
This video consultation service is offered via a secure portal from a professional company specialising in NHS video consultation, and confidentiality is of paramount importance.
How does it work?
A User Guide will be sent to you with the appointment notification.
The appointment will be arranged after receipt of a formal referral from either the GP or local Haematologist, which should contain as much detail as possible, specifically results of bone marrow tests and details of treatment.
The consultation will either be a one-off session, or part of an on-going care, depending on the situation and patient preference, just like the more traditional “shared care” setup.
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Patients outside England
NHS funding mandates that for UK patients resident outside England, the local consultant / GP must have agreed funding for the consultation from the local payers (eg Health Boards in Scotland, and equivalent in N. Ireland and Wales), prior to the formal referral to Professor Bowen.
The video consultation service is available to overseas patients for a relatively small fee.
A formal referral from a local haematologist is preferred, accompanied by details of bone marrow and blood tests, and of treatments received.
These can be sent by email to Professor Bowen’s secretary, Faye.email@example.com
Prior to the consultation a signed document confirming the undertaking to pay the overseas patient fee must be received by Leeds Teaching Hospital. An approximate charge for a single consultation is currently £196; this may vary.
For any questions, please contact us directly at MDS UK firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel 020 77337558