Not necessarily. You will have been referred so that a Consultant Surgeon can review you and arrange any investigations that may be required.
Most conditions are not malignant, however any different or unusual changes should be investigated to exclude the possibility of cancer. Also the sooner any problems are dealt with, the better the outcome is likely to be.
We have a specialist Consultant Surgeon available every Tuesday.
The normal diagnostic tests include blood tests for thyroid hormones and thyroid antibodies, an ultrasound scan to assess the size of the thyroid and a radioactive scan to see how well the thyroid is functioning. Any enlarged areas within the thyroid gland may have a needle biopsy taken from them, for analysis. This may be carried out by the surgeon or by one of the consultant radiologists, under ultrasound guidance.
Results of the imaging tests are ready 24 hours after the test. Cytology results are usually available within 72 hours. Blood tests can sometimes take a little longer, particularly if the autoantibody levels are required. The Consultant Surgeon will tell you when the results will be available and arrange a follow up appointment to discuss them with you if required.
Mr Tony Jacob is our Consultant Surgeon for The London Thyroid and ENT Clinic.
Yes. We will inform your GP and any other relevant specialists in writing, of all consultations, investigations and treatments that you have received.
We understand how anxious and sometimes embarrassed you may feel about your appointment, but our fully trained staff aim to make your visit as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Please do not hesitate to tell the Consultant or Clinic Nurse if you are overly concerned. They will be pleased to answer your questions and put your mind at rest.
Should surgery be required this can usually be scheduled within a week of the decision being made, however, in some cases it can be quicker.
If surgery is not required, any follow-up treatment will be explained to you.
The costs for consultations will not exceed £250 for a first consultation, £350 for a second opinion, and follow-up consultations will not exceed £225. There are additional charges for any investigations or diagnostic tests.
Charges are routinely covered in full by all medical insurers, subject to individual policy benefit limits, restrictions and excesses. If you require surgery, you will be given an estimate of the Consultant Surgeon’s fees, so that you can check your level of cover with your insurer.
If you are not covered by medical insurance we offer all-inclusive packages for surgery.
For more information on charges please check our Fees and Payments or contact us on 0207 563 1234.
Do not hesitate to call us on 0207 563 1234 and you will be directed to the most appropriate person to answer your enquiry.
Simply call 0207 563 1234, Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm (5.30 pm on Fridays). If you are expecting your medical insurer to pay, you will need a referral letter from your GP, to see the Consultant. Please bring this with you to your first appointment.
We are registered with the Care Quality Commission and subject to their audit process. Internally we are managed by a Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) who ensure that all regulatory matters are kept up to date and manage the conduct of the Consultants with admitting rights to 108 Harley Street. There are also regular multi-disciplinary team meetings that deal with both ongoing professional education and case management.