All referrals are processed as urgent (except family history clinic). All patients are seen within 2 weeks (regardless as to whether there are symptoms/signs which are particularly suspicious of cancer) as per the national guidelines, and many are seen within 1 wk.
All patients are seen at the Mermaid Centre. Investigations as necessary are carried out at the first appointment, most commonly USS, mammogram, and a core biopsy if necessary (triple assessment). Therefore many patients can be assessed and discharged after one appointment. If patients have a biopsy then they will need a second appointment to discuss the results.
For Acute Breast Sepsis Problems, discussion by telephone to the on-call surgical registrar is welcomed, and acute admission to S.R.U arranged if appropriate.
· Professor Drew
· Mr Sheikh Ahmad
· Mr Iain Brown
· Mrs Rachel English
· Miss Polly King
Mr Imran Abbas. All are happy to answer queries via nhs mail.
The family history clinic is run by Dr Kerstin Stepp. She checks all referrals herself and ensures patients are booked into the correct clinic as necessary. She is happy to discuss referrals by email or telephone.
Breast referrals are not sifted by the Referral Management Service. The following information is for guidance only.