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Harley Street Urology

Posted 14 Apr 2015 at 19:39
Did anyone else see the programme last night about private health care? It focused on Harley Street and the various practices.

One of these was Professor RK who is a highly respected urologist and I believe was named in the top 10. He has a clinic/hospital on Harley Street. He had a chap from Norway who he operated on robotically to remove the prostate.

At the meeting to discuss the histology Prof RK informed the patient that his Gleason was upgraded to a G9 but the operation was sucessful and he was now cured.

I thought that was amazing


Posted 14 Apr 2015 at 22:18

Hi Brianissac

can you tell me which programme it was and do you know if it is available on i-player ??

Living in the Netherlands I pay private health insurance as a legal requirement and my doctor has already talked about the possability of getting treatment in the UK or Germany.

I would be interested in seeing this programme.

I have SKY over here so get all the UK channels and also have the BBC /ITV etc players on my computer so if its still available any direction you can point me in would be appriciated.



Posted 14 Apr 2015 at 22:34

I believe it is being repeated on BBC2 tonight at 11:20 pm.



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Posted 15 Apr 2015 at 00:17
Yes I also saw it, I had read about that Urologist before as he has PC. If you Google his name you should find the news story.


Posted 15 Apr 2015 at 00:21
Originally Posted by: Online Community Member
Yes I also saw it, I had read about that Urologist before as he has PC. If you Google his name you should find the news story.



here is the article

Posted 15 Apr 2015 at 01:32

"Tony Elliott chose this last option, performed by Kirby with a 10cm incision beneath what he called the bikini line. (The procedure was a success; Elliott remains well, occasionally boosting his resistance with hormone therapy.)"

What a load of hogwash, this publicity machine drives me crazy. If the guy needs IHT the surgery was hardly a resounding success, was it!

Also interesting for those of you living in regions where the CCG do not permit the prescribing of one-a-day Cialis on the basis that there is no resounding evidence that it is a good use of NHS resources ... if it is good enough for a high profile urologist, shouldn't it be available to all???



PS Before anyone points out the 'no naming' rule to me, can I just say that I don't think there is any need for us to avoid naming people who are publishing research, being quoted in the press, etc. It is our own medics that we should not name, to avoid the possibility of a disgruntled patient besmirching someone's reputation and bringing the charity into the realms of potential legal action. It also discourages private health providers from joining our ranks and then using us as a free marketing tool. 

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"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 15 Apr 2015 at 07:00

Lyn I'm hoping you understood that my post was sarcastic that such a claim could be made.


Posted 15 Apr 2015 at 08:58

Hi Brian,

I too was surprised at how he announced the patient was 'cured' at what was presumably the first follow-up post-surgery.

I wonder how the real consultation, the one without the cameras, went ?







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Not "Why Me?" but "Why Not Me"?
Posted 15 Apr 2015 at 09:27

Hi Bri,

I agree, I watched it again last night.

I was amazed he would tell his patient he was "cured".  It was clearly an advert for his clinic saying that if you pay for private treatment it somehow means you're "cured" when in most cases you would be told you're in remission if you were having treatment elsewhere.  I suppose he has to justify his fee.  The only thing is, it made it seem all so simple, as if it were a minor problem with no mention of all the ongoing side effects and continuing PSA checks etc.


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