Why choose Nuffield Health Cardiff Bay 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.

At Nuffield Health Cardiff Bay Hospital, we understand that if you’ve been referred for any type of breast problem you want answers quickly. That’s why we’ve developed our rapid access breast clinic that is accessible to men and women whether you have private medical insurance or just want to pay for this service as a one-off. Our experienced breast specialist will ensure that your concerns are discussed promptly and that the right treatment, when needed, begins without delay.

Our aim is to provide you with a seamless breast care pathway, We understand that having concerns about your breasts is very stressful and we are here to look after you with expertise, care and compassion.

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.

What happens during my visit to the rapid access clinic?

You can expect to be with us for up to 2 hours on the day so set aside plenty of time.

On arrival, please let main reception know you are here and they will direct you to the clinic. You will be seen initially by our specialist breast consultant Miss Zoe Barber, who will review your medical history and perform a breast examination. 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 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 much does this service cost?

Pricing varies depending on tests required. Detailed pricing information can be obtained via Customer Services team on 02920 836714.

Our consultants

Miss Zoe Barber

BM BCh, MA (Oxon), FRCS

Specialty General Surgery

Dr Jane Pollitt

Specialty Clinical Radiology

How do I make an appointment at Nuffield Health Cardiff Bay Hospital?

You can self-refer or ask your GP for a referral and contact us on 02920 836714 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.