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PiP Breast Implant Advice from Scottish Government

January 12, 2012 2:39 PM

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An advice line is available for Scottish women who have concerns or would like more advice about their PiP breast implants. They can contact NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 or visit their website at:  www.nhsinform.co.uk.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “We have been given expert advice that there is no evidence for routine removal of PiP breast implants although more evidence is needed and is being gathered.

"However, I completely understand the concerns women who have had PiP implants will have and the anxiety they will be experiencing. That is why it is right that the NHS offers advice and support where appropriate.

“We have no records of PiP implants being used by the NHS in Scotland.  However, Boards are continuing to check their records and if a woman does have a PiP implant fitted by the NHS they will be contacted, offered a consultation and, if clinically necessary, offered removal and replacement.

“I expect private surgery providers to take responsibility for their patients and offer the same service. Where a private provider is no longer in operation or does not offer appropriate care, the NHS will support removal of implants where that is the clinically appropriate course of action.

“Patient safety is the top priority and I would continue to encourage any woman who is worried to contact their surgeon or healthcare provider for advice. NHS Inform will also be able to answer any questions and provide advice.

“Anyone who is unable to contact their private clinic and is looking for advice please contact NHS Inform or your GP.”

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If you have any concerns about your breast implants please call the NHS Inform special helpline number 0800 22 44 88 where you can talk to someone and get advice.  The opening times are 8am – 10pm, seven days a week.

If women cannot contact their private surgeon for whatever reason and are concerned about their implants they should, in the first instance, contact their GP to discuss options for referral to a specialist for a clinical review. If it is agreed that the most appropriate outcome would be removal of the implant, NHSScotland will carry out the procedure but would not routinely replace the implant with an alternative unless there is a clinical reason to do so.

Those with NHS implants can find out the make of implant by contacting the hospital where the surgery took place.

Using MHRA figures, it is estimated that around 4,000 PIP implants have been used in Scotland. The vast majority of, if not all of these, were used by the private sector.

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