Rapid Access Breast Clinic in Bristol
At Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, we understand the need for timely and compassionate advice concerning conditions of the breast.
Our experienced breast specialist will ensure that your concerns are discussed promptly and that the right treatment, when needed, begins without delay.
All women can be affected by breast disease. The important thing to remember is that not all breast disease is cancer. You should regularly check your breasts so that you can detect changes and seek advice promptly. This applies to women of all ages.
Why choose Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital for your breast care?
Early diagnosis of breast problems helps to ensure that if cancer is detected in its early stages, the chances of successful treatment are improved. So it is important that you are seen and assessed quickly, enabling appropriate reassurance or prompt treatment, as necessary.
Our rapid access breast clinic provides immediate access to our specialist consultant breast care surgeons, where all tests are done in one visit and most results are available the same day.
Our aim is to provide you with a seamless breast care pathway, whether you’re referred to us by your GP, or you’re at the start of your journey.
What should I expect during my visit to Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital?
Y ou will be seen initially by our specialist breast consultant, Ms Sasirekha Govindarajula, who will review your medical history and perform a breast examination in the presence of a breast care nurse. Any further tests may then be requested as appropriate to obtain accurate diagnosis.
What other tests will I need?
If other tests are necessary they will be done during this visit and will usually include a Mammogram (an x-ray technique for taking pictures of the breast) and an ultrasound scan. Depending on your symptoms and the results of these tests additional tests may also be carried out during this visit, including a Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) or a Needle / Core Biopsy.
What happens next?
After the necessary tests have been performed, your consultant or the breast care nurse will see you again to explain the results and answer any questions you may have.
What if I need more treatment?
Happily, for the majority of patients, no serious problems are identified and no further tests or follow-up are necessary. In a small percentage of cases, further investigation and an operation may be needed to make a definite diagnosis. If this is the case you will be given all the options about continuing with your treatment privately.
How do I make an appointment at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital?
Ask your GP for a referral and contact us on 01179 872 727 to book a consultation. Alternatively, fill in the enquiry form below and we will call you back to discuss your circumstances at a time that's convenient for you.
Spotting the signs of breast cancer
Be breast aware
Being breast aware is part of maintaining your healthy lifestyle. As women get older, their risk of developing breast cancer increases. Being conscious of how your breasts look and feel and regularly checking them is vital. If you notice any of the following, you should contact your GP who can refer you to one of our breast clinics.
- Changes in size of the breast or if one breast is noticeably larger than the other
- Inverted nipples or a change in nipple shape
- A rash on or around the nipple
- Discharge from one or both nipples
- Puckering or dimpling of the skin of the breast
- A swelling under the armpit or around the collar bone
- A lump or thickening of the breast
- Constant pain in the breast or your armpit
It’s easy to check for any changes as you are getting dressed or in the shower. You should feel all parts of your breast and up into your armpit.
Breast screening (a mammogram) is designed to find cancers while they are very small and before they can be felt by you or your doctor. Visit our breast screening and awareness page to find out more.
Making the decision that’s right for you
When you are deciding whether to have a mammogram, it is important that you have all the relevant information in order to make an informed choice. Everyone wants and expects a normal result but you should consider the possibility that your result may not be straight forward and you may require further tests. This is all part of the screening process. Most women will be given the all clear after these tests but some will go on to have surgery or other forms of treatment. Having any extra tests will cause anxiety even if the outcome is good.