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Bradford ‘leads way’ in life-changing surgical procedure
A surgical technique pioneered in primary care in Bradford has helped change the lives of almost 200 women.
The 90-second procedure has been reducing the need for women to undergo hysterectomies for seven years now, with life-changing outcomes.
Bradford’s Westwood Park Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, in Buttershaw, was the first place in the country to carry it out as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthetic outside of a hospital setting, funded by the NHS.
The Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) commission the service, which is carried out in a primary care setting, meaning women do not have to travel to hospital and are able to leave just an hour after surgery.
The endometrial ablation is used to treat women who experience abnormally heavy menstrual periods and involves the surgical removal of the lining of the womb.
In the latest survey of women who had the surgery, the vast majority said their symptoms had gone completely or improved significantly and they would recommend it to a friend.
Dr Anne Connolly, the CCGs’ clinical specialty lead for maternity, women’s and sexual health, said the results continued to show the success of the procedure.
“I’m delighted that Bradford’s still leading the way in delivering a procedure which can literally be life-changing for women who suffer from very heavy periods.
“It can also reduce the need for women to have a hysterectomy, which is more cost efficient for the NHS and means patients can get back to work much sooner without the recovery time needed for major surgery.”
The service is available for any woman to access and is on the Choose and Book system with GPs.
It is part of the hysteroscopy service available to women in Bradford, which means they have faster access to a range of gynaecological treatments and investigations.
The service is run by Dr Connolly, a Bradford GP, and nurse hysteroscopist Sister Helen Ludkin, working in partnership with Professor Sian Jones, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Prof Jones said: “Our results continue to be very encouraging. We have short waiting times and recovery is very quick for most women. The procedure is not suitable for everyone with this problem, but for the majority of women it really works and can make a huge difference to their lives.
“And for those women who choose not to have the procedure under local anaesthetic, they can still have it done under general anaesthetic at the hospital.”