Important information regarding PIP implants

BMI Healthcare would like to reassure patients that we have noted the latest guidance from the MHRA about Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP).

Since the first MHRA alert regarding PIP implants in March 2010, BMI Healthcare has prioritised patient care by providing clinically indicated diagnostic imaging and removal of ruptured PIP implants at no cost to individual BMI patients.  We have already sympathetically treated a number of patients in this way. BMI Healthcare’s commitment to patient care remains its core priority and, whilst at some stage there will need to be a financial reckoning with those responsible for putting these implants into the UK market, we do not believe patients should be kept waiting whilst this is resolved.  We will continue to follow updates from both the Department of Health and the MHRA and act according to their guidance.

Neither the MHRA nor the Department of Health recommend the routine removal of PIP implants.  However, BMI Healthcare believes that patients with these implants should not be left worrying about a real or perceived risk.  We have therefore decided that any patient who paid BMI Healthcare for their PIP implant surgery and who wishes now to have their PIP implant removed and replaced will be able to do so, at no cost.  In support of the wider objective of helping all affected patients of other providers, BMI Healthcare is willing to offer the same rapid and clinically robust service to those providers or direct to their patients on a guaranteed fixed price package.

If you would like further information, please contact our national helpline on 0800 015 2217 or contact us via the contact page.

What if I don’t know what implant I had?

If you paid BMI Healthcare for your surgery and do not know the specific details of the implants that were used in your surgery and would like confirmation, you should contact the BMI Hospital where you had your surgery and the Hospital will endeavour to retrieve your records to confirm the type of implant used.  Please be aware that records are normally kept for a period of seven years and we may not be able to provide the information for records dating beyond seven years.

Are there problems with other implants?

No; the concerns relate only to those provided by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) from January 2001 onwards.Patients who know that they have PIP implants and are concerned should contact their surgeon for further advice.

If patients do not know the specific details of the implants that were used in their surgery and would like confirmation they should contact the hospital where they had the surgery and they will endeavour to retrieve their records to confirm the type of implant used. Please be aware that records are normally kept for a period of seven years and we may not be able to provide the information for records dating beyond seven years.

BMI Healthcare will continue to follow the updates from MHRA and will act according to their guidance.

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