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Mole removal from face, GP says NHS still won't do it. I am so upset today.

(51 Posts)
onlyWotz Thu 30-Aug-07 10:36:11

I know its only a mole, on my face. I have 2. Each every so often one will become inflammed and sore.

Been back to GP (last vist over 2 years ago about same thing). They won't do anything. I said its not for cosmetic reasons as I have lived with them all my life, but I don't like them getiing sore and I am worried. But they just wont't do anything at all, won't even write another letter asking for a referal.

I know some of you have had them removed as I had another thread yesterday.

Told to write to PCT if I am not happy, but GP didn't expect any good would come of it.

I know there are biggger issues on MN, but I am fed up and want to vent.

Any suggestions about what I should do next, are welcome.

Dropdeadfred Thu 30-Aug-07 10:38:17

what was their reason for not referring you?

RubySlippers Thu 30-Aug-07 10:41:02

why won't they refer you?
cosmetically it may not be a high priority compared with a cancerous one, but surely you could go on a waiting list

onlyWotz Thu 30-Aug-07 10:52:10

They refer me 2 years ago and the policy is not to do it.
No lumps, bumps to be removed unless cancerous.

Tigana Thu 30-Aug-07 10:57:54

Most PCTs won't fund removal of moles for non-clinical reasons ^at all^, because they need to budget and use their money for "more important" things ( like cancer treatments etc). Clinical reasons would be something like suspected malignancy (growing in size for example).

Only way would be to go private I suspect.

expatinscotland Thu 30-Aug-07 10:59:03

I think I'd go private anyway because if it's on your face you want a really good plastic surgeon or dermatologist to get it off.

Tigana Thu 30-Aug-07 11:01:25

<<Tuts at expat for implying nhs surgeons = sub-standard grin>>

onlyWotz Thu 30-Aug-07 11:02:43

expat - I called a priavte clinic yesterday and it was over £130 for the consulation and over £800 to get it off.

and Tigana -I know what you aare saying and totally agree, but apart form having 2 children I have never really expected too much in return as a tax payer from the NHS.

I know it is not my right, but yesterday mners were saying they were getting them done. Even a GP removed one.

expatinscotland Thu 30-Aug-07 11:04:52

They remove them if they start to change.

RubySlippers Thu 30-Aug-07 11:05:11

I thought mole removal could be done by a GP
ie minor surgery rather than having to go to a hospital

MaryAnnSingleton Thu 30-Aug-07 11:06:47

that's weird - I have had several bumps on my head removed on the NHS - the last being done by my GP a few months ago - they are benign and don't show under my hair but bothered me.

Tigana Thu 30-Aug-07 11:07:37

Majority PCTs will not fund. Some referrals will get through because referrer over-eggs degree of pain being caused or says the lump is growing or some other 'oooh it could be malignant you know'-type phrase.
Some GP's are able to remove, but again, will only be paid for it if they can make reasonable grounds that it was neccessary.

Sorry wotz, I know the NHS is a pain in the arse when it doesn't do what you want/need it to do.

expatinscotland Thu 30-Aug-07 11:07:56

Depends on the mole, Ruby.

But if it were on my face, I'd want a consultant doing in, personally.

My dad's had several moles removed - basal cell carcinomas - and they can leave scar marks after removal.

themoon66 Thu 30-Aug-07 11:08:06

My GP removed mine. He runs his own minor surgery clinic one afternoon a week. He does vasectomies too.

I have no scar and it only took him 5 mins. I did have to go on a waiting list, which was about 4 months long.

I never asked for them removing, he offered when I mentioned that I was a bit fed up of always catching one of them with my comb. He offered to take all three off.

Tigana Thu 30-Aug-07 11:09:28

Ok...<<looks over her shoulder>> <<whispers>>
Some GPs enjoy doing a bit of minor surgery and will whip a benign, non-changing, just rather annoying lump or bump off here and there...

expatinscotland Thu 30-Aug-07 11:11:18

But on your face, Tig? See, anywhere else would be okay, but I'd be worried if it were on my face.

Tigana Thu 30-Aug-07 11:15:16

Expat...personally I'd be a little anxious about a GP having swipe at my face too.
But if they are doing it 'officially; then they have to provide evidence of training and quality etc.
Some referal procresses have a way of flagging higher risk ops such as those on the face espcailly those near eyes/ears/nose/mouth to make sure they are carried out by a plastic surgeon or Head and Neck surgeon rather than a general surgeon.

onlyWotz Thu 30-Aug-07 11:23:17

thanks for all replies, he phone went

It has changed. Maybe I should make a fuss, I am not usually very good for making a fuss! grin

Its just by my smile line above my lip. So maybe I should say it is affecting my health as I can't smile unless I carry one of these grin as it is sore.

elasticbandstand Thu 30-Aug-07 11:27:01

how big are thye?
say they are affecting you pscyhologically?

themoon66 Thu 30-Aug-07 11:27:34

Just say you're forever catching it and making it bleed when you wash your face, apply make-up etc.

onlyWotz Thu 30-Aug-07 11:32:55

pscyhologically, yes I am very fed up. I came home and cried, but then I do have PMT ATM! sad

Will make more fuss in future.

Infact when I go in GP asks, "How are you?'
And without thinking I reply "Fine thanks' and start to leave!

Tigana Thu 30-Aug-07 11:35:25

Changes can be important. If your GP won't refer, you could try asking to see a different GP at that practice (if there is one, of course).

onlyWotz Thu 30-Aug-07 11:37:02

I have to work now, but i will be back, may even put a pic up of said mole later!

3littlefrogs Thu 30-Aug-07 11:46:04

I am puzzled. Any mole that gets sore/inflamed/bleeds should be referred to dermatologist asap. Particularly if it is in an area where it is constantly exposed to UV radiation i.e. on face.

If you can afford a private consultation only - (about 100 - 150 pounds) with a specialist, explaining that you cannot get a referral, you may be able to then get a place on the NHS list. I know it seems like cheating, but sometimes it is the only way.

I have experience of people with serious conditions for whom this has been the only way to get into the NHS queue.

mosschops30 Thu 30-Aug-07 11:50:06

Hello again I went on your thread yesterday. My GP removed mine on my face, and is doing another one shortly.
I cant believe your GP wont help on this. Is there another surgery you could move to? (dont know how the situation is near you or where you are).
I think this is pretty crap tbh.

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