Breast Symptomatic Service
The Unit opened May 2003 and offers a comprehensive range of
outpatient services working closely with the Radiology and
Pathology Departments to ensure that all investigations are carried
out in a timely manner.
The Breast Unit continues to successfully maintain a maximum 2
week wait for all new outpatient appointments referred to the
- New symptomatic breast clinics run every - Monday PM &
- Young women clinic Alternate - Wednesday AM (under 35s)
On attendance to the clinic a full diagnostic service is offered
including a full history, clinical examination and any imaging and
biopsies required. At this first appointment your
height and weight is taken. There can be a significant
wait so you are welcome to bring someone along with you.
The majority of patients are reassured and discharged on the
same day. For those having a biopsy they will be asked to
attend for results the following Thursday or Friday. We also
offer a telephone appointment for results for some patients.
The breast service has adopted an Enhanced Recovery Pathway for
suitable patients diagnosed with Breast Cancer requiring surgery.
This allows patients to go home the same day or next day.
Our unit is actively involved in clinical trials that seek to
find ways to improve cancer treatment, you may be asked about
helping with a trial if you attend the clinic even if you do not
require treatment for your symptom.
You will find us on the first floor in out patients
Please report to reception
The receptionist will check your details and ask you to fill in
a short form about yourself whilst you wait to see the doctor or
You will then be invited in to an examination room where you can
talk in private with a member of the breast team.
There may be doctors or nurses in training in the room and you
will be introduced to them. You will be examined; we have curtains
to maintain your dignity.
You'll be offered a gown to wear to go around for your mammogram
or ultrasound if required.
You may need a biopsy or needle test. We have information about
these procedures available in clinic. Please ask any member of
staff who will give you one of our leaflets.
You will then be invited back to discuss the results with your
doctor or nurse.