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Consultants and staff from the urology, anaesthetic and theatre departments have gone above and beyond for patient James Brooker, who was diagnosed and treated within a 12 hour period.

Mr Brooker came to Basildon Hospital on Wednesday to have a scan. The scan suggested something sinister was going on and he was reviewed in an extra clinic by consultant urologist Mr Ramachandran Ravi, who diagnosed him with a testicular tumour on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Ravi decided that James needed to have the surgery as soon as possible. He spoke to consultant anaesthetist, Dr Chanaka Karunaratne and theatre manager Denise Archer. They both agreed for the surgery to happen the next day without disrupting the regular lists.

Only 12 hours after being told of the diagnosis, Mr Brooker was back at Basildon for his surgery at 6am the following morning before the regular emergency theatre list began.

Mr James Brooker said, “The surgery was successful and the response time was fantastic. It’s great to see a whole team coming together and responding to cases like mine so quickly. I’m now on the road to recovery thanks to this treatment.”

Consultant Urologist Mr Ramachandran Ravi said, “All patients with testicular tumour have to be treated within 31 days. The following Monday was a Bank Holiday with no regular list booked in, so I added him as an extra patient on the night emergency list to be done early in the morning and spoke to the operating team.

“We decided to utilise the emergency theatre and add him before the regular theatre list first thing in the morning. The team agreed to come in at 6am and everything worked like clockwork. We had completed the case before the emergency theatre list was scheduled to start.

“Mr Brooker benefitted hugely by having his treatment done so expeditiously.”

Dr Chanaka Karunaratne, consultant anaesthetist said, “This is something we are not paid to do, but, considering the nature of the disease, our aim is to always try and go the extra mile to help patients.  The entire theatre team, all the doctors, consultants - we all work together to go that little bit extra for our patients, so they can get better and back to normality as quickly as possible.”

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