Dr Sheela Purkayastha is a Specialist in Gynaecology. She works at BUPA's Cromwell Hospital in Kensington and Chelsea, as well as having her own private gynaecology clinic in Harley Street and Queen Anne Street Medical centre. Dr Purkayastha graduated in 1969 from The Calcutta Medical College in India and her academic achievements included a National Scholarship and the Maharaja Gwalior Gold Medal for getting top marks in exams as part of her medical and surgical degree course. She then went on to study at postgraduate level at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where she achieved her Doctor of Medicine (MD) qualification in 1974.
After working in Iran as a Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for a few years, Dr Purkayastha moved to the UK in 1979 and passed the exam for Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1982. Dr Purkayastha was then granted Fellowship of the Royal College in 1997 and Fellow of the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health in 2006. She is also recognised by The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology as an educator in Colposcopy, a specialist technique used to examine the cervix after a woman gets an abnormal smear test result. Additionally, Dr Purkayastha is an instructor in Family Planning with accreditation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Besides this, she is part of the British Menopause Society and ran Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's Menopause Clinic for many years. Another of Dr Purkayastha's achievements is being the sole author of Postreproductive Gynaecology, a book published in 1999.
Dr Purkayastha spent 28 years working in the NHS and for the last 18 years was based at the highly regarded Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In 2007 she began working exclusively in the private healthcare sector. From contraceptive advice and cervical screening to the management of polycystic ovarian syndrome and uterine fibroids, Dr Purkayastha consults on a wide range of areas in gynaecology, including those that need surgical intervention.
Dr Purkayastha had an Honorary Contract at the Department of GUM unit of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for teaching and training its medical staff, where she delivered a weekly education session to junior and senior doctors in procedures such as the use of long acting reversible contraception, Insertion of Mirena and removal of difficult cases of lost Mirena. Educating medical professionals is an area that she is passionate about, especially when it comes to promoting women's healthcare. Dr Purkayastha is particularly committed to promoting the use of the human papilloma virus vaccine, designed to greatly reduce the likelihood of developing cervical cancer, which she has used with her patients since it became available in the UK.
Dr Purkayathsa is committed to keeping up to date with the latest developments in obstetrics and gynaecology. This year she successfully completed the fourth round of her Continuing Professional Development portfolio, which is governed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. As part of her commitment to professional development Dr Purkayastha regularly attends meetings and conferences, both in the UK and abroad, which she often contributes to by delivering lectures.
In addition to her knowledge and skills within the area of gynaecology, Dr Purkayastha is also fluent in various languages spoken in the Indian Subcontinent, as well as Persian. Her familiarity with these languages is helpful for patients who speak these languages themselves, making them feel at ease during consultations.
To benefit from Dr Purkayastha's expertise, phone for a consultation today.