Head and Neck cancer services at Bedford Hospital are provided by the Head and Neck Team which consists of Consultants and Clinical Nurse Specialists.
The Consultants and Clinical Nurse Specialists are:
Mr S Patel 01234 355 122 ext:2894 Suresh.Patel@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
Mr Hoare 01234 355122 ext:2850 Tim.Hoare@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
Mr Arasaratnam 01234 355122 ext:2852 Royce.Arasaratnam@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
Ian Salmon 01234 355122 ext 2725 Ian.Salmon@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
Following referral under the 2 week rule, patients will be seen in outpatients by a Consultant or another member of the team with 1-2 weeks.
Outpatient clinics take place:
|Tuesday||Mr Arasaratnam||Mr Hoare|
|Friday||Mr Patel (2nd and 4th week)||-|
All patients can be referred; particularly those covered by the Anglia Cancer Network area - NHS Bedfordshire residents in North and East Bedfordshire.
Refer urgently patients with:
For patients with persistent symptoms or signs related to the oral cavity in whom a definitive diagnosis of a benign lesion cannot be made, refer or follow-up until the symptoms and signs disappear. If the symptoms and signs have not disappeared after 6 weeks, make an urgent referral.
Monitor for oral cancer patients confirmed oral lichen planus, as part of routine dental examination.
Advise all patients, including those with dentures, to have regular dental checkups.
If there is a positive finding, refer urgently to a team specialising in the management of lung cancer. If there is a negative finding refer urgently to a team specialising in head and neck cancer.
With the exception of persistent hoarseness, investigations are not recommended as they can delay referral
Refer urgently patients with a thyroid swelling associated with any of the following:
Patients outside of the Anglia Cancer Network area are usually referred to Hospitals within their Cancer Network area. NHS Bedfordshire residents living in North and East Bedfordshire are included under the Anglia Cancer Network.
South Bedfordshire patients are included under the Mount Vernon Cancer Network and usually referred to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: full guideline
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: quick reference guide
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: information for the public
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: NICE guideline
Head & Neck Cancer NHS Choices:
Cancer Research UK - Head & Neck Cancer:
Macmillan Cancer Support - Head & Neck Cancer
Thyroid Cancer NHS Choices:
The British Thyroid Foundation:
Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust:
Cancer Research UK - Thyroid Cancer:
Lab Tests Online:
Macmillan Cancer Support - Thyroid Cancer:
Anglia Cancer Network - for residents from Norfolk, Suffolk,
Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire
Last updated: 28/04/2014
Update due: 28/04/2015