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XVIII - The Centre for Advanced Screening opens its doors

16 March 2015

The XVIII programme – the most sophisticated, flexible and relevant health assessment available today

XVIII – The Centre for Advanced Screening where senior executives can undergo the most sophisticated and detailed health screening has opened in Devonshire Street, London, 

The brainchild of fifteen of the world’s leading doctors, the XVIII programme targets the six of the biggest killer diseases of modern times: bowel cancer, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, pelvic cancers and prostate cancer.  Early detection of these conditions can save lives. 

XVIII goes beyond traditional well man and well women tests by combining a thorough assessment of an individual’s risk factors with the very latest diagnostic technology, all of which exists under the same roof.  The programme is intended to guide very time-pressured men and women at the top of their professions towards a personal programme of lifetime management of their risk of future disease.   Clients include chairmen and chief executives of major organisations, leading entrepreneurs for whom life brings with it high levels of pressure and stress or simply people seeking the most thorough advanced screening available. 

Apart from conventional and state of the art scanning investigations, XVIII uses a number of innovative tests.  For example, cardiac disease is still the UK’s biggest killer and the centre carries out the newly developed online calculator of cardiovascular risk – “Heart Age” - faced by individuals. 

All tests with abnormal results are interpreted by world renowned specialists who themselves are driving change and innovation and thereby enhancing the reputation of London as a world class centre of medical excellence. 

The chair of the programme’s clinical board is Professor Roger Kirby, a pioneer in new treatments for prostate cancer and other urological conditions.  Professor Kirby is Founder and  Medical Director of The Prostate Centre, London and former Head of Urology and Co-Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at St George’s Hospital, London. 

“We all share a common obsession.  Passionately believing that early detection of disease saves lives, we know that many currently available health screens fall well short of achieving their aim - or rather your aim, since it is your health and your future at stake.” 

“At XVIII we have access to game changing technology which gives us dramatically improved means of detecting killer diseases – while at the same time reducing or eliminating the risks of the tests themselves.” 

“It is this that has brought us together to offer clients the opportunity to learn more about their health and to take control and manage their health into the future.  Our very personalised service is simply not available elsewhere.” 


Note to Editors

Apart from Clinical Chair: Professor Roger Kirby, the XVIII team of distinguished consultants and physicians, in alphabetical order, include: 

  • Dr Syed Babar – Consultant Radiologist specialising in gynaecological MRI at Hammersmith Imperial Health Trust. 
  • Professor John Betterridge – Consultant Endocrinologist, Dean of the Royal College of Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at University College London. 
  • Dr David Burling – Consultant Gastrointestinal Radiologist, Chair of the National Co-ordinating Group for Quality Assurance of CT Colonoscopy. 
  • Professor John Deanfield – Consultant Cardiologist, Professor of Cardiology (British Heart Foundation) University College Hospital London and Director, National Centre for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Outcome. 
  • Dr Paul Ettlinger – General Practitioner and Screening Specialist and founder of The London General Practice. 
  • Mr Alan Farthing – Consultant Gynaecologist, Surgeon and Oncologist, the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. 
  • Dr Peter Harper –Consultant Medical Oncologist and Director and Founder of Leaders in Oncology Care, London and Manchester. 
  • Dr Anna Herrey – Consultant Cardiologist, The Heart Hospital, University College Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital. 
  • Professor Sam Janes – Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University College Hospitals NHS Trust, Director of London Lung Cancer Pathway Board and Vice-Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group. 
  • Professor Mike Kirby – Primary Care Physician, Visiting Professor to the University of Hertfordshire and Editor, The Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal. 
  • Miss Fiona MacNeill – Consultant Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, Vice President, Association of Breast Surgery and Examiner, European Breast Surgery Board. 
  • Dr Uday Patel – Consultant Radiologist and Specialist in Uro-radiology and Advanced Imaging, St George’s Hospital and Medical School, London, member of The Prostate Cancer Advisory Group and Head of Radiology The Prostate Centre, London. 
  • Dr Nick Perry – Consultant Radiologist, Clinical Director The London Breast Institute and Chair of the European Reference Organisation for Quality Assured Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services. 
  • Dr Francesca Pugliese – Consultant Radiologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer, Centre of Advanced Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, St Bartholomew’s Hospital London and Executive Committee Member of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging and Specialist Committee Member of the NICE Diagnostic Assessment Programme. 
  • And together with Dr Paul Ettlinger the GPs at The London General PracticeDr Amarjit Raindi, Dr Catrin Bevan, Dr Angela Rai, Dr Stuart Sanders, Dr Sam Bennett and Dr Justine Morris. 

XVIII is a division of HCA International Ltd. 


For further Media information and photographs of Professor Kirby andXVIII, please call Neil Huband on 07808 298989 or email

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