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This is Fliss’ story – Cancer treatment during Covid

So far 2020 has been a strange year. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken over our lives, not being able to visit family, friends, go on holiday, even going to work is strange, empty offices, eerily quiet shops, quiet roads and car parks. One thing we have all forgotten about is those who are currently on treatment for cancer have had it tough, some have had their treatments postponed or worse still have had to move to a completely different hospital nowhere near home.

Life and Health insurance has never been so important and thanks to Vitality, we have a number of products available.

With VitalityLife our cover gives you fast access to virtual GPs, support for mental health and cancer cover. Vitality also promise to pay for all treatment costs covered by your plan. That’s why it’s 5 Star Rated by Defaqto.

Private Medical Insurance provides access to high-quality private medical facilities and medical treatments, at a time and place to suit you. It also plays an equally important role in helping fund the cost of early diagnoses and treatment of acute conditions. This could be anything from a few sessions of physiotherapy, to more complex procedures such as major heart surgery or biological therapy for the treatment of cancer.

Below is Fliss’ story, she is a VitalityHealth member and thanks to her policy she was able to start treatment quickly.

Here is Fliss’ story – Cancer treatment during Covid

In 2019, Felicity, a personal assistant living in central London, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35.

After referring herself to VitalityHealth by telephone, she made an appointment within two hours, where she had a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy. She received her diagnostic results within a week and began her treatment plan two weeks later.

The Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK in March, however Fliss had spotted the early warning signs months before that.

“I’d been reading the news about Covid-19 since November, so I was already working out possible contingency strategies for my treatment, even before my doctors,” she tells COVER. “All of them meant moving from my home in London which about the last thing I wanted to do because I suffered very badly through chemo.”

Fliss was appointed a dedicated point of contact, a Vitality oncology care consultant named Natalie. This allowed her to relocate her chemotherapy treatment to home care in Sheffield where her parents live, through Vitality’s recently launched chemotherapy-at-home service.

“From my very first video conversation with Natalie, I knew healthcare at home was an option and so I decided to relocate to my parents’ house in Sheffield and set up ‘chemo at home’ through Vitality there,” she says. “There aren’t really an words to describe how easy it all was – I didn’t have to do anything other than say ‘this is what I want to do’; so the biggest hurdle ended up being the M1 motorway.”

Vitality then funded a bilateral oophorectomy at Claremont Hospital in Sheffield. “Again, the whole process from start to finish was brilliant and quick, ” she explains. “I felt safe in terms of Covid, the hospital had gone to extraordinary lengths to keep patients protected.”

After building up her strength and immune system, she returned to London as she saw the number of Covid-19 cases gradually fall.

To read more about Fliss’ story click here.

Do you already have Life or Health Insurance cover but aren’t too sure what you cover entails? Then get in touch today via our contact form or email to find out what Vitality can offer.



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