Patient Information

Patient Journey

How to access a specialist
ou may also refer yourself directly to the specialist if you want to see a particular specialist who may have already been recommended to you, especially if you are funding your own treatment.

How long will I have to wait to see a specialist?
Out patient appointment's waiting times are usually within two weeks, however dependent upon availability, you may be seen within one week.

To make an appointment
For Dr/Mrs S Purkayastha, please refer to the contacts sheet on this website for information regarding her clinic locations and access.

Initial consultation
During your initial consultation you will meet the specialist and they will review your medical history and discuss your problem/s with you.

Following your initial consultation, you will have your requisite tests/investigations carried out. The hospital may again send you a letter with further information regarding the procedure/s including date, time, where to report, what you should bring with you.

Follow up appointment
At this appointment, the specialist will generally go through any test results with you and carry out a review of your present medical situation regarding any treatment you may have already had.

If you require operative treatment
If the need should arise that you require operative treatment, the specialist will discuss with you in detail the procedure/s that will be carried out to ensure that you fully understand all aspects.

Day Surgery Procedures
There are a few procedures which can be carried out in the out patient's procedure suite.

Post-operative appointment
This will be made for you before you leave the hospital. Most of the time the specialist will decide the timings of your future appointments.

Hospital Visit

Mrs Purkayastha is available at BUPA Cromwell Hospital for consultations as well as operative procedures. To make an appointment to see Mrs Purkayastha you should contact the hospital's appointment team direct on 0207 460 5700.

If you are seeing Mrs Purkayastha for the first time, please allow up to 30 minutes for your consultation as your full medical history will be discussed and an examination will take place.

Private Practice

Mrs Purkayastha also consults at 132 Harley Street on most Thursdays throughout the year. If necessary, she can arrange to see you at t his location on other days if it is appropriate. At 132 Harley Street we have the provision for carrying out a colposcopy, blood tests and ultrasound scans.

If you need to see her urgently and no appointments are available then please contact her secretary Lorainne Collard on 0785 269 8759 so that arrangements can be made for Mrs Purkayastha to see you as quickly as possible.

Fees and Cancellation

This is dependent upon whether you are a new patient or a follow up patient. Our fees also depend on how long the consultant spends with you during your consultation. Dependent on this, a guide price for consultations with Mrs Purkaystha is: New patient £200 to £160.00 for a follow up appointment. (Prices subject to change)

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or change your appointment please contact the hospital/person with whom you made the booking as soon as possible. If you do not inform us within 24 hours prior to your consultation, a cancellation fee will be charged.


►  "I was most impressed at the very close eye she kept on me, both following surgery in the Cromwell Hospital as I was recovering and also when I returned to my home."

When, in 2006, I was experiencing gynaecological problems, I was highly recommended to consult Mrs Sheela Purkayastha by a friend of mine, who is in her eighties and has been a patient of hers for a number of years.

When I went for my first appointment, I found Mrs Purkayastha most professional.  She made me feel totally at ease and I immediately felt able to discuss all my concerns with her very readily.  After the initial examination, she suggested various options that might help to avoid surgery.  These methods were tried, but to no avail. I then agreed with her recommendation that surgery was the only other option and that it had become essential. 

Following surgery in April 2007, I experienced further problems that also required Mrs Purkayastha's attention.  Throughout this entire time, Mrs Purkayastha always ensured that I fully understood every surgical or treatment procedure that she intended to carry out.  I was most impressed at the very close eye she kept on me, both following surgery in the Cromwell Hospital as I was recovering and also when I returned to my home. Mrs Purkayastha is exceptionally kind and caring.   Both her pre-operative and post-operative care go well beyond the call of duty.  I would like you to know that I have the greatest confidence in her professional abilities.  I cannot sing her praises highly enough.  Mrs Purkayastha is a first class surgeon and a superb doctor and I commend her highly to any other woman who requires her services.

Mrs M S - London


► " she was very reassuring and obviously had had extensive experience of treating gynaecological conditions."

I was first treated by Mrs Purkayastha six years ago, when a regular smear test identified abnormal cervical cells. I was referred to Mrs Purkayastha for a colposcopy, which revealed that the cells were grade CIN III. The abnormal cells were successfully removed in an operation and all of my smear tests since then have been normal. This year I was experiencing prolonged monthly bleeding, so I booked an appointment with Mrs Purkayastha directly. She referred me for a pelvic scan, which revealed that I had a number of small polyps on the wall of my uterus. The polyps were removed by Mrs Purkayastha in an operation two weeks later.

Each time that I have seen her, she has been helpful and efficient and has treated me with respect. I was nervous when I had my first consultation with her but she was very reassuring and obviously had had extensive experience of treating gynaecological conditions. None of the procedures were painful and the reality of treatment was much less frightening than I had thought that it would be.

I continue to see Mrs Purkayastha for my annual smear tests, despite the fact that the standard recommendation is to have a smear test less often. As I have learned, it is better to identify a problem and to have it treated successfully than to leave potentially life threatening conditions untreated. I refer her to all my friends.



► " I find Dr Purkayastha to be very professional and kind and she take a real personal interest in her patients. "

I was referred to Dr Purkayastha in 2002 with suspected pcos after my GP told me there was nothing further he could do for me. i was thrilled with how quickly Dr Purkayastha had the tests on me carried out and her planning for my treatment was extremely efficient and sucessful.

I am a woman in my 40's and i had a healthy baby boy last year without any fertility treatments.

I find Dr Purkayastha to be very professional and kind and she take a real personal interest in her patients. i would have no hesitation in recommending her to any of my friends or family.

Mrs L.K. - London


► " I am very pleased with the results and the professionalism and courtesy that Mrs Purkayastha has extended to me during my treatment.  "

Mrs Purkayastha has been my mother's gynaecologist for a number of years and as she received such excellent treatment, my mother recommended her to me.  Mrs Purkayastha has now looked after me very well and advised me accordingly through various stages in my life, even to obtaining a pregnancy.  I am very pleased with the results and the professionalism and courtesy that Mrs Purkayastha has extended to me during my treatment.  She is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable in her field.  

Types of Surgery


Laparoscopy means to look inside the stomach with the help of a telescope. The telescope is passed, under general anaesthetic (when you are asleep), through your belly button.


This is a procedure where a very thin telescope (hysteroscope) is introduced through the neck of the womb (cervix). It is used to detect abnormalities inside the womb.


A hysterectomy is an operation to remove your womb.

Operation for Prolapse
A prolapse is caused when there is damage or weakness to the pelvic floor muscles which support the uterus and other pelvic organs.

Operation for Myomectomy
This is a term for the surgical removal of fibroids, with the womb remaining intact.
Fibroids are benign, non cancerous tumours which grow in the muscle layers of the womb.

Ovarian Cystectomy

A cyst is a sac which contains fluid or some solid material. It can grow from any tissue in the ovary. There are many different types of ovarian cyst, most of them are benign (non cancerous), but some could be malignant (cancerous).

Non-Invasive Treatment

1. Heavy bleeding and painful periods.

This can be treated with medication like anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drugs. In most of the cases particularly young patients, these medications work quite well.

2. Irregular periods.

These can be rectified by giving an optimal dose of combined oral contraceptive pill, especially in younger women. If this does not work, then one can give cyclical progestogens (without estrogen) in a small dose.

3. Polycystic Ovarian Disease.

This has already been discussed at great length. LINK Although the name is suggestive of cysts in the ovary, removal of these cyst are not the correct treatment for this condition.

4. In selected cases of fibroids.

All fibroids do not require surgical intervention. Small fibroids can be treated conservatively. If they suffer from heavy bleeding a Mirena can work quite well and should be considered as a conservative treatment.

5. Prolapse of the vagina and uterus

Not all cases of prolapse require an operation. Particularly in older women where operative risks are present due to other co-existing diseases surgery should be avoided.

6. Request for sterilisation

A fair number of women request permanent sterilisation as they feel they are unable to continue with the oral contraceptive pill or other methods which they are not happy with.

7. Endometriosis

Mild to moderate endometriosis, particularly in young women can be treated conservatively prior to surgery.

8. Mild abnormal smears in young women

An abnormal smear and its implication with cervical cancer have already been discussed, however in young women with very mild abnormalities, they should be kept under observation rather than performing any treatment like a loop excision or laser etc.

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