- Bupa Platinum consultant
- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Open Referral network
- Breast specialist
- Breast surgery
- Breast specialist
- Video and telephone consultations
Miss Helme has undertaken highly competitive and focused training in modern techniques in breast surgery, and is one of very few (if not the only) surgeons to have completed national training fellowships in both oncoplastic and cosmetic breast surgery. She was also awarded the prestigious Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Gold Medal prize for achieving the highest score in the Royal College of Surgeonsâ€™ final exit examination (FRCS).
Her enthusiasm for breast surgery started while still a medical student in the Edinburgh Breast unit and my interest has continued to grow since.
Miss Helme is a consultant in the very busy breast unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and has been working there since 2013. Over 700 cancers per year are treated there with over 200 diagnosed via the Breast screening programme.
Miss Helme has a particular sensitivity for women who have breast symptoms and for those who ultimately are found to have breast cancer, as she is mother to three young children and has personal experience of a close family member with breast cancer. She understands the huge anxiety that is caused when women have concerns with their breasts, not only for themselves but for the impact it has on others around them. She therefore aspires to provide friendly and unhurried consultations and to provide direct and balanced information and investigations for each individual person.
She specialises in oncoplastic breast surgery for patients with cancer, using a variety of surgical techniques to try and maximise cosmesis after surgery. She also performs cosmetic breast surgery for women unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts.
She is also happy to see patients with other less life threatening conditions such as those with concerns with their family history, breast pain, nipple discharge, those unhappy with the size, shape or appearance of their breasts, as well as those wanting the reassurance of a breast assessment on an annual basis.
Areas of interest
Empathetic consultations; breast reduction, breast lift, breast symptoms; breast lumps; breast pain; breast cancer; breast conserving surgery; mastectomy; sentinel node biopsy; breast reconstruction; breast augmentation
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant breast surgeon- Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
Breast conserving surgery in Paget's Disease
Online education for Royal College of Surgeons
I was brought up in Surrey and have returned here with my husband and three young children.
I enjoy being as active as I can while balancing the family and my career. This includes running, swimming, golf, riding, skiing and trying to enthuse my kids to follow suit!
Gold medal award of excellence for FRCS exit exams 2012 (Breast subspecialty)
Breast-conserving surgery in patients with Paget's disease. Helme S, Harvey K, Agrawal A.
Br J Surg. 2015 Sep;102(10):1167-74.
Screening mammography in women aged 40-49: is it time to change?
Helme S, Perry N, Mokbel K.
Int Semin Surg Oncol. 2006 Feb 6;3:4
RCS e-learning for healthcare module- Breast lumps
Helme S, Agrawal A
Should Mammography be offered as a screening tool to women aged 40-49?
S Helme, K Mokbel
www.senology.org. Mar 2006
A retrospective review of GP referral letters of patients attending a new patient clinic: does it work?
S Helme, M Bochner, D Speakman, JM Dixon.
The Breast 2001; 10: 360
Incidental Parathyroid Disease during Thyroid Surgery: Should We Remove Them?
Helme S, Lulsegged A, Sinha P.
ISRN Surg. 2011;2011:962186
Every wheeze does not merit a puffer! Case of an overnight cure of chronic asthma.
Balakrishnan S, Doddi S, Helme S, Sinha P.
Case Rep Med. 2010;2010:498372.
Complications of spilled gallstones following laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a case report and literature overview.
Helme S, Samdani T, Sinha P.
J Med Case Rep. 2009 Jul 24;3:8626.
Outcomes following colectomy for Clostridium difficile colitis.
Chan S, Kelly M, Helme S, Gossage J, Modarai B, Forshaw M.
Int J Surg. 2009 Feb;7(1):78-81
Endovascular stent graft repair of mycotic aneurysms of the thoracic aorta.
Sayed S, Choke E, Helme S, Dawson J, Morgan R, Belli A, Loosemore T, Thompson MM. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2005 Apr;46(2):155-61
Courses offered to GPs
Benign breast disease
Summary of modern breast cancer
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons (Gold Medal) 2012
- MSc Surgical Technology Imperial College, London 2008
- MBChB Edinburgh University 2002
Reference number 6052473
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, England
Association of Breast Surgeons
- Bartons RoadHAVANTPO9 5NP
- 12:30 - 18:30
- 07842 308902
- Spire Hospital, Portsmouth PO9 5NP
- 09:00 - 16:00
- 07842 308902
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Sentinel node mapping and sampling with blue dye and radioactive probe for breast cancer - (1-5)
Re-excision of lesion of breast if resection margins are not clear (as sole procedure) - (1-5)
Wide local excision of breast +/- local mobilisation of glandular breast tissue to fill surgical cavity - (1-5)
Volume adjustment to skin expander in subcutaneous tissue - (1-5)
Simple mastectomy (including axillary node biopsy) - unilateral - (1-5)