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 service.
- New symptomatic breast clinics run every - Monday PM & Tuesday AM
- 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 three
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 Nurse.
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.