Access to HIFU treatment

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Firstly, The answer to the question where to access HIFU treatment is a very short list in the UK. However, it should be noted that Consultant Urological Surgeons who offer HIFU to their patients will also offer Active Surveillance. Further they will be PROMIS compliant, using mpMRI for diagnosis as well as transperineal biopsy to assess the cancer cells.

Offering these services is a prerequisite to being able to offer HIFU as a therapy. Further, NHS  reimbursement rates for HIFU are very low and do not cover the cost of provision of a service.

As of today, there are only a few centres offering HIFU, but as the results of the recent  HIFU research, the CHRONOS study, has had such encouraging results, more centres and Urologists are likely to offer HIFU in the near future and the NHS reimbursement rate is likely to increase.

Further a new charity has been launched Prost8, with the specific purpose of providing focal therapy (HIFU and Crotherapy) centres around the country.

This page will be updated as these centres ‘come on line’.

Currently where to access HIFU treatment is via the following Urologists and their teams who offer a HIFU service. Remember you are perfectly entitled to ask to be referred to these Consultants and their teams, both on the NHS and privately.

Professor Mark Emberton

Professor Mark Emberton

Professor of Interventional Oncology

Dean of UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences

University College Hospitals London NHS Trust

Professor Caroline Moore

Professor Caroline Moore

Professor of Urology

University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

University College Hospitals London NHS Trust

Professor Hashim Ahmed - Consultant Urologist

Professor Hashim U Ahmed

Chair of Urology and Consultant Urological Surgeon
Imperial College Healthcare

Charing Cross Hospital

Prof. Ahmed also uses HIFU as a ‘salvage’ therapy when there is a recurrence of prostate cancer following radiotherapy.  Patients are referred via their Urologist or Oncologist.

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Mr Manit Ayra
Consultant Urological Surgeon

Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust

Professor Richard Hindley -Consultant Urological Surgeon

Professor Richard Hindley

Visiting Consultant Urological Surgeon

University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

University College Hospitals London NHS Trust

South and South East

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Mr Amr Emara
Consultant Urological Surgeon

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Richard Hindley -Consultant Urological Surgeon

Professor Richard Hindley

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tim Dudderidge - Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Tim Dudderidge

Consultant Urological Surgeon

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

The following Consultant Urological Surgeons will refer NHS patients suitable for HIFU to University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street, London.

They perform HIFU procedures privately themselves

Marc Laniado - Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Mark Laniado

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust

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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Raj Nigam - Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Raj Nigam

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Royal Surrey County NHS Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Tim Larner uses HIFU as a ‘salvage’ therapy when there is a recurrence of prostate cancer following radiotherapy.

Patients are referred to Mr Larner via their Oncologist

Tim Larner - Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Tim Larner

Consultant Urological Surgeon

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Wales

Professor Iqbal Shergill

Professor Iqbal Shergill
Consultant Urological Surgeon

Wrexham Maelor Hospital 

Wrexham

The list of where to access HIFU treatment is constantly updated.