Bupa UK Insurance and Cromwell Hospital have launched a new specialist centre for prostate cancer, promising patients fast access to diagnostic tests and if needed, onward care. There are plans to extend the network next year.
Customers worried about symptoms will get an appointment at a Centre for prostate cancer within just two working days with all initial diagnostic tests and scans in the same appointment. If necessary, customers will be treated within 31 days of calling – twice as fast as national targets, the insurer said.
Bupa first launched a network of Specialist Centres for breast cancer in 2019. Last year it expanded to include fast diagnosis and treatment for bowel cancer.
Alex Perry, chief executive for Bupa UK Insurance, said: ‘With cancer, speed is of the essence and we know that early diagnosis leads to better outcomes. Analysis of data from our Specialist Centres for breast cancer shows that we’re helping customers get a diagnosis much quicker, and at earlier stages, when it’s easier to treat.
‘That’s why we’re expanding our Specialist Centres with the Cromwell Hospital to include prostate cancer, so more customers can get fast access to the treatment they need.’
Cromwell Hospital chief executive Philip Luce said: ‘We’re proud to be working with Bupa UK Insurance to be a specialist centre for prostate cancer, providing quick diagnosis, faster access to treatment and the latest technology to aid quicker recovery and help to save lives.’
Customers can also access emotional and well-being support from counsellors and nurses to help them through a cancer diagnosis, and access to Bupa’s Live Well with Cancer and enhanced recovery programmes.
To increase awareness of prostate cancer and help spot signs earlier, Bupa has launched a new campaign with Ugo Monye, a former England rugby international player.
He lost his father to prostate cancer just over a year ago and is encouraging men to get checked as soon as possible if they notice unexplained or persistent changes to their health. Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTr4uiIk1rM.