NB This information is changing – the NHS now have Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN’s) but unfortunately they dont have a link to the geographical areas and hospitals that are designated under these.  I will update this as soon as I have the information from Public Health England as I have applied for details under the Freedom of Information act, meanwhile please use this information.

In the drop down is a list of all Cancer Networks in England with links to the hospitals that are within a specific network.  The hospital information is provided from the NHS Choices web site

Every hospital in the UK fall under a ‘Cancer Network’ and each ‘Cancer Network’ have their own policies and procedures on treating various cancers.  It may be useful for you to have a look at these before you see your specialist.

From the lists you can find ‘cancer specific’ information as well as ‘Hospital’ contact details.  Within the ‘Hospital’ information it may provide ‘Breast Cancer Department’ information as well as ‘Consultant Information’.

Click on the hospital link and you are directed to that NHS hospital’s web site and information. It will give you an overview of the hospital and if you click on ‘Departments and services’, if there are ‘Breast Cancer Services’, this will appear in this list. Click on ‘Breast Cancer Services’ and it will bring up ‘Staff’.  Click on this and it will give you details of any consultants/surgeons working at that hospital within that Department.

In the top right hand corner there is a link to the specific NHS Hospital and their web site. There may be more Breast Cancer information on each individual hospital web site, sometimes with pictures of the breast cancer team and details of their responsibilities.

Making an informed choice is what you should have and this is what the NHS website quote:-

“Choosing a hospital – If you need to go to hospital to see a specialist, you have the right to choose which hospital you’re referred to by your GP. This legal right which was introduced in April 2009, lets you choose from any hospital offering a suitable treatment that meets NHS standards and costs.

You can choose a hospital according to what matters most to you, whether it’s location, waiting times, reputation, clinical performance, visiting policies, parking facilities or patients’ comments.”

The guide  gives details of hospitals and consultants if you need further information on these.  Unfortunately, I have found that the information isn’t specific enough on Breast Cancer reconstruction and the information isn’t always correct.

The National Cancer Action Team also has useful information on their web site

You can find a FULL LIST of ALL NHS Hospitals on the NHS Choices web site at this link