03:00PM, Saturday 14 November 2015
A Bangladeshi breast surgeon who works in Windsor has outlined her dream to build a hospital in Dhaka to help her fellow countrywomen fight breast cancer.
Dr Tasmia Tahmid has been working as a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon for the past three years and joined King Edward VII Hospital, in St Leonards Road, in February.
Alongside her day job, the 44-year old has also set up Tasmia Tahmid Breastcare.
The clinic aims to provide women in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka with a one-stop clinic to help detect and treat the disease.
Tasmia set up her clinic in 2011 and uses all of her annual leave to fly out to visit her patients.
But the breast cancer surgeon told the Express that while her clinic is improving the services available for Bangladeshi women, she still thinks more can be done.
Tasmia said: “When I went for a holiday in Bangladesh I realised breast care wasn’t good enough.
“We want to be able to offer more diagnostic tests. When we started I used to take specialist needles for biopsies in my luggage.
“It’s in very good demand but I’d like to grow it and offer higher quality services.”
More than 3,500 patients now use Tasmia’s Dhaka clinic which is run by a team of 15 people.
But Tasmia said her ambition is still to build a purpose-built breast cancer hospital as well as improving services for Bangladeshi women living in the UK.
According to the Windsor surgeon, UK-based Bangladeshi women are still ‘behind’ in taking up cancer screenings and she wants to help increase their awareness.
Tasmia outlined her vision at a meeting with the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, at Windsor Guildhall on Friday.
She added: “It was a great opportunity to meet the mayor.
“She was very supportive and knew about the plans we have.”
Go to www.generosity.com to help support Tasmia’s breast cancer clinic.
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