Miss Rachel Bright-Thomas obtained a first class degree in medical sciences at Cambridge University and then did her clinical training at Oxford University. Rachel spent the next 13 years in surgical training, largely in London teaching hospitals, before moving home to the West Midlands. As part of her post-graduate training she did a masters degree at London University looking at gene therapy in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

On the clinical front Rachel spent her penultimate year in training in 1 of only 9 National Oncoplastic Breast Fellowships, learning how to use plastic surgical techniques to complement and enhance the results of breast cancer surgery. Rachel is fully trained in breast reconstruction and offers this as part of her regular NHS practice.

In 2006 Rachel was appointed as a Consultant Breast and General Surgeon at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and has been both MDT and clinical lead for the service. All her elective work is breast surgery as outlined below.

Rachel was awarded the NHS hero award in 2013 and Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust Patient’s choice staff achievement nomination in 2015. She is also a recognised surgical trainer, having been the college tutor for surgery at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and now Training Programme Director for the general surgical registrars in Coventry, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.


Breast Care Nurse

Consultant Radiologist

Consultant Radiologist

Dr Marianna Telesca is a Consultant Breast Radiologist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Spire South Bank Hospital. She works both in the symptomatic and screening breast imaging service and is leading the breast MRI service.

Marianna completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Rome “Sapienza” Italy where she then joined the radiological training programme. At the end of her specialty training, she was awarded an ESOR breast imaging fellowship at Barts and The London NHS Trust where she spent one year increasing the depth of her knowledge in breast and gynaecological oncology imaging. She was awarded her PhD in Angio-Cardio-Thoracic Pathophysiology and Imaging in 2015 at University of Rome “Sapienza”.

Marianna’s main research interests include Breast MRI, imaging prediction of response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and application of Diffusion-Weighted Imaging. She has co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has given presentations at both national and international conferences. She provides peer review for journals including European Radiology and Cancer Imaging.