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Hospital bosses advise over PIP implants
PATIENTS who think they may have been fitted with controversial PIP breast implants following surgery at Northwood's Bishops Wood Hospital should get in touch with their surgeon, health bosses are warning.
The implants, made by now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese, were pulled from the market last year in countries around Europe and South America amid fears they could rupture and leak silicone into the body.
French authorities have found a rupture rate of five per cent in the implants and recommended they be removed.
But the British Government has said it has found no evidence to suggest that removing them would be justified.
Data from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) suggested that the rupture rate was one per cent - in line with other implants.
BMI Healthcare, which runs Bishops Wood Hospital in Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, is among the private healthcare providers that used the implants.
It was unable to say how many were used by the Northwood hospital, but a spokesman did say: "BMI Healthcare has noted the latest guidance issued from the MHRA about Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP).
"Patients who know that they have had 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 we can take their details and will retrieve their records to confirm the type of implant used.
"We are providing all relevant, requested information to the DoH and the MHRA and will continue to work with them to ensure they have access to all relevant information regarding PIP implants.
"The number of patients who have had these implants at BMI Healthcare hospitals is relatively small.
"BMI Healthcare will continue to follow the updates from MHRA and will act according to their guidance."
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