Has anyone here got a BR on the NHS (UK) ?

  • golcarlilly
  • 2 years ago

Hi there, I am going for my first consultation with my surgeon on Monday next week, my BR is going to cost either £5200 or £5800 depending on whether it is a one or two night stay in hospital, I am going to take their interest free 12 month installment plan and will have to put down £1000 deposit and to be honest I can only just afford it!  My husband wants me to go and see my Doctor and ask if it would be possible to have the op on the National Health System when it would be free but I don't know if I would be elligible - has anyone had the procedure on the NHS and if so what criteria did you have to meet to qualify? 

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I had been to see Gp to ask about BR was told that I would need a BMI of 27 well thats just not going to happen as I can do no exercise apart from cycling because of my huge boobage 38K bras still dont really fit properly. I went to see a private surgeon who does lots of Breast surgery and to go private was not going to be a problem (well apart from the cost of course!) I got home and burst into tears my husband thought it was because I had got bad news but no it was the opposite He would do my BR it was like I have won the pools. I think I am going to get mine done in January I work for NHS so I will need MRSA screening which of course I am apprehensive about and also that this is done about a week pre op I did ask if I could do it a few weeks in advance but secretary said she didnt think so but I will investigate further - my job is such that I will have to organise for someone else to cover for me so I really need to be organised and not muck my colleagues around if I can. I intend to be off work for at least 6 weeks more if I need it as I lift and my surgeon said no work before 6 weeks - who am I to argue!! Love this site it has given me so much information. One more thing I do intend to loose weight post surgery and pre too if I can as I will probably look out of proportion and I just about cant wait!!!!
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I also work for the nhs and tested positive a week before my original op date therefore it was delayed. I have now had my surgery but I was heartbroken! Angry too because I said that I thought a pre op one week before surgery was short notice. Who are you having your op with? I would contact the nurses and nag! xx
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Hi Cariad, I looked into this with the NHS and the PC's will have you jumping though hoops. They change their criterion to exclude people as it means they don't have to accept you- due to cost saving. The 1st set of criteria is BMI or Body Mass Index. You may be within this (as I was) so I was offered a 'body fat index'. A machine which calculates your body fat in your breasts and gives a percentage of fat to glandular tissue. (a private company do this body fat scan and I would have had to pay £300!! The % is set to such a level that you would have to be skeletal with fat in your boobs above 30%!! EG impossible! Then once this level has been reached (it varies for each county) you wait for up to 2 years.. as your PCT debate if they can afford to treat you..... Then you have a decision and you are placed on a waiting list... approx for 3 years from 1st seeing your GP. For me I was not prepared to wait and jump though hoops and have people make a decision on something I needed which was not cosmetic but symptom relieving. I decided to go privately as I was so fed up with waiting in pain and waiting years for something which may or may not happen. Good luck and if you are under 40 then it may be worth the wait but for me it wasn't. I felt life was passing me by and i had mine done on 29th August this year and I am so glad I did! x x
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Deb, when I read about the NHS I worry that the U.S. is heading that way with the new Obamacare plan. My insurance in the U.S. covered everything with no issues whatsover. I live in Boston and we have some of the best health care resources in the world. My insurance is covered through my employer and I also contribute to the plan. I fully understand how expensive health insurance can be but I worry about the government controlling costs, especially as I am getting older. By the way, I was born and grew up in the U.K. so I understand the challenges of socialized medicine, but given the choice I would still take the U.S. system. I felt so bad when I read the mail from Suzikettles, and I sympathize with her frustration. I want to wish her all the best and hope she gets some assistance. I also hope you are continuing to enjoy your new shape.
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I decided to get rid of my car and take out a loan because I wanted to do this so much!!! xx
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Hi, they are very strict nowadays. You have to be pretty large on top and have a healthy BMI. Different trusts have different criteria. It's to regulate the amount of referrals I guess. Still cruel though. I've waited years and have had to get rid of my car. I'm still cross about the lack of funding approval for BR. Grrrrr.....I know how you feel. xx
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