Where is the appointment?
All Breast clinics are held in Castle Outpatients, level H, accessed by stairs and lifts opposite the Radiology department.
Please make your way to Castle Outpatients and book in at one of the kiosks so that we know you have arrived, if you need help please ask one of the nursing staff. Take a seat and we will call you as soon as possible.
Everyone will be seen by one of the specialists in the breast team. They will talk to you about your symptoms and examine your breasts. Depending on your age you may be asked to have a mammogram (breast X- ray). These are usually done on ladies over 40 years, or men over 18 years, unless you have had one in the last 6 months. An ultrasound (sound-wave) scan may also be done, either in the clinic or in the X-ray department. An ultrasound is completely painless, and may give us more information about your symptoms.
In some cases the specialist may take a small sample (biopsy) from the area of concern in your breast. The procedure will be fully explained to you. The sample will be sent to the laboratory for examination.
Some of the doctors are male; if you would prefer to see a female doctor, please ask one of the clinic nurses if it is possible. If you wish to have a chaperone present when you are examined, please ask for one.
How will I get my results?
We may be able to tell you the results of your mammogram or ultrasound on the day of your appointment**, if not, we will let you know when they are likely to be available.
We will tell you when the result of any biopsy is likely to be available and we will arrange to see you or speak to you to explain these results.
**Please note all mammograms are double read by a second radiologist. In the rare instance that there is a discrepancy you may be recalled for further tests. You will be contacted by a member of the team to explain this should this be required. **