What is a Multidisciplinary Team or MDT?
An MDT is a group of healthcare professionals from one or more clinical disciplines who meet on a regular basis, usually once per week, who together make decisions regarding the treatment of individual patients. Urgent decisions can be made outside of the weekly meeting between the healthcare professionals providing that all required information is available. MDTs often specialise in certain conditions, such as cancer. Clinical decisions are made based on reviews of clinical records such as case notes, test results, diagnostic imaging etc and of course following patient consultations.
Frimley Park Hospital Breast MDT
The Frimley Park Hospital Breast MDT meets every Friday morning, where all new referrals and existing patients are discussed. Decisions about individual patients are fed back to GPs and are discussed with the patients. Individual patients are discussed at the MDT right up until they are discharged, but even then, they are brought back for discussion after their follow up tests and appointments. It is common for patients to be referred to other specialty MDTs depending on other known or newly diagnosed conditions.
Meet the Frimley Park Hospital Breast MDT
Members include Fiona Hearn (Radiologist), Nessa Newman (Radiologist), Geneticist, Catherine Calton (Breast Care Nurse), Ruth O’Connor (Breast Care Nurse), Raouf Daoud (Consultant Breast Surgeon), Hisham Osman (Locum Breast Surgeon), Kirsten Stafford (Radiologist), Ian Laidlaw (Consultant Breast Surgeon) and Robert Laing (Oncologist), Mary Bourak (Mammographer), Shireen Ahmad (Radiologist), Jane Watts (Breast Care Nurse), Nita Patel (Consultant Oncologist) and myself, Isabella Karat (Consultant Breast Surgeon)…..I am holding the camera!