October 28, 2020
Written by Mr Charalampoudis

Inside London’s new COVID-free ‘hubs’: Part 1 – a new home for UK breast cancer care

Mr Massi Cariati and Mr Petros Charalampoudis from University College London Hospital (UCLH) and Mr Ash Kothari and Mr Hisham Hamed from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have all been instrumental in setting up London’s COVID-free cancer hubs. These are sites which have been designed to allow essential breast cancer treatment to continue as normal throughout the pandemic.

Over the course of a two-part interview, they share their experiences of the new initiative so far and tell us how the Magseed® marker has played a part in unlocking significant scheduling and patient benefits to help in the new environment.

We discuss how their efforts and close collaboration have allowed breast cancer treatment to continue across London for patients most at risk.

In part one, we speak about how the idea of the London hubs arose, the unique partnership between the NHS and independent sector that’s made it such an effective operation and the challenges they’ve successfully navigated along the way – most notably ensuring patient safety.

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