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Information for patients

Most of our patients come to the Breast Care Centre for the first time either having seen their GP or after their screening mammograms. For more information click here.

Breast care clinic room

Referred by your GP

If you are concerned about a breast lump or another breast symptom, you should contact your GP and arrange an appointment with them. Once your GP has assessed you, they may wish to refer you to the Breast Care Centre at the Glenfield Hospital for further assessment. If they tell us there is any suspicion of breast cancer, we aim to see you within two weeks (information about our current referral time is available here). We will contact you with an appointment to be seen, usually on a weekday morning. At times of high demand we also arrange additional evening clinics.

At that appointment, you will be assessed clinically either by a doctor or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. They will make a decision as to whether you need further tests which might include mammograms, ultrasound scan and/or biopsies. In 2017, we introduced an additional form of mammography called tomosynthesis which can be helpful in some patients. We can usually do these tests on the same morning as your appointment.

If you have a mammogram or an ultrasound scan, you will normally be told what this shows by the end of the morning. If biopsies are taken, the results take longer as these have to be examined under the microscope in the pathology laboratory and so we will make an arrangement to tell you the results the following week, which is either by telephone or in person at a second appointment.

Called back following your routine screening mammograms

If your screening mammogram has shown something that needs further assessment, you will be asked to come to the Breast Care Centre at the Glenfield Hospital. At that appointment, a radiologist or radiographer will explain what the concern is and suggest further tests which might include clinical examination, mammograms, ultrasound scan and/or needle biopsies. We can usually do these tests on the same morning as your appointment. If biopsies are taken, we will make an appointment to tell you the results the following week.

 

If you feel unwell and would find it difficult to attend your scheduled breast screening appointment, please contact the office on 0116 258 3644. The team will be happy to rearrange the appointment for you.