"Interventional oncology (tumour ablation programme)"

About: St James's University Hospital / Nephrology

(as the patient),

I had a large tumour diagnosed on my 'remaining' kidney following renal failure, having had the other removed in 1997 for the same reason. I was obviously very concerned that I would be in the prime position for permanent dialysis. After much discussion with various departments I was, fortunately, referred to Dr Wah at St James's hospital Leeds. Dr Wah, kindly, offered her services for a tumour ablation treatment. She went through all the possible worst case scenarios, but then said "I haven't lost a kidney yet! " The tumour I had was bigger than she would usually treat.

The treatment was carried out in February 2016. The procedure was far less invasive than the usual surgery and recovery was incredibly quick. Minor discomfort and headache, nothing of significance afterwards. I was back to my hobby of distance walking, quite quickly.

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Response from Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Dear GeoG

Thank you for sharing your experience, it's wonderful to hear that your treatment went so well and that it allowed you to return to normal life so quickly. I will pass your kind words on to the management team in that department so that they can be shared with staff, who I'm sure will be delighted.

Kind regards


Senior Nurse

Patient Experience

Update posted by GeoG (the patient)

I'm so pleased that my experience might just help to reassure another patient who has a similar problem.

I can only express my grateful thanks to all the doctors and staff who were there for me, Dr Wah in particular.

The West Yorkshire Ambulance Service is another matter. I can explain my concerns if requested.

Response from Leeds Teaching Hospitals

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service complaints team can be contacted via their email address patient.relations@yas.nhs.uk or by phone on 0345 122 0535. Unfortunately as they are not part of our service I cannot assist you in this case.

Kind regards


Senor Nurse

Patient Experience Team