40 women referred after breast implants scare

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MORE than 40 women have now been referred to a hospital trust after the global scare over breast implants.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the University Hospital of Hartlepool and the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, has now seen 37 women who had PiP breast implants privately, as well as five who had them on the NHS.

Around 47,000 British women are now believed to have been given the implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).

The implants were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses and have been linked to rupture and swelling in the body.

Women from Hartlepool and east Durham are being supported by medics at the Hartlepool and Stockton-based hospitals.

Colm Hennessy, a consultant surgeon with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We appreciate this is a difficult time and we are supporting women through the process as they decide what surgical procedure is going to be best for them.”

Anyone with concerns about the implants is urged to visit www.dh.gov.uk/health