We all know that we want the best treatment possible when we need surgery. Fortunately, the vast majority of surgeons are excellent in the UK as there are rigid criteria for selection and training. There is ongoing audit of all their work if they work in the NHS as well as privately.
We see daily news in the media about how the NHS and healthcare is inadequate. This is clearly not the norm and mostly focuses on the bad to sell papers, rather than balance with the good. The impression it creates however is that there are many surgeons out there who may cause concern, which is simply not the case. Standards are maintained in hospitals using clinical governance structures and by revalidation by the GMC. Surgeons in the UK are safe and we can be reassured that there results will be good. However, for peace of mind it is worth knowing as much as we can about our surgeon before we go under the knife. This depends on our personality too of course as some of us will believe everything our surgeon tells us and are happy for them to make the right decisions. Some of us less so and need more reassurance that the surgeon is good. Most of us are somewhere in between and are keen to know as much as possible about the surgery and the medical team looking after us. This site will help you do that.
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