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One Stop Breast Care Clinic

NH Breast Care TeamA same day self referral breast clinic is now available privately twice a week at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital. People who notice changes can be referred to the One Stop Breast Clinic to have the results from both a specialist consultation and imaging on the same day.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with 31% of all cancers diagnosed in women being breast cancer. Survival from the disease has been improving over time as a result of both early detection and improvements in treatment. Now approximately three out of four women diagnosed with breast cancer are alive 10 years later. However about 12,000 women in the UK still die from breast cancer every year.

A ‘One-Stop’ integrated breast clinic is now available at the Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital. Private patients can be seen for a specialist consultation, which includes a mammogram and an ultrasound for a package price of £495. Usually the results of the imaging and consultation are all explained at one visit. Using the latest Full Field Digital Mammography unit, Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital offers the One Stop Breast Clinic twice a week with consultant oncoplastic surgeons Mrs Pilar Matey and, recently joined, Mr Tapan Sircar and consultant radiologist Dr Marie Metelko. Other consultant colleagues include Mr Brian Isgar and Mr Seni Mylvaganam and specialist nursing, haematology and imaging staff. All tests and assessments are carried out in accordance with the latest National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The results are discussed with the patient and time is taken for any queries to be explained.

Radiology Manager, Lucy Willcox, explains,” We’re really excited to launch this new One-Stop breast clinic. Patients who are concerned about changes in their breasts can see a specialist breast consultant, have the appropriate imaging done and in most cases receive their results on the same day.”

Breast cancer starts when the cells in the breast begin to grow in an uncontrolled way and build up to form a lump, also known as a tumour. As the cancer grows, cells can spread to other parts of the body and this can then become life-threatening. The one stop service at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital follows the most recent guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

If you have any changes to your breast, you should make an appointment to see your GP straight away. You may not have cancer but if you do, being diagnosed and treated at an early stage may mean that you are more likely to survive breast cancer. Being breast aware is about being conscious of how your breasts normally look and feel at different times of the month and checking them regularly.

In 2018, Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital celebrates 40 years in Tettenhall. Over the same period, since 1978, Cancer Research UK has helped double cancer survival rates.

For more information or to make an appointment with the One Stop Breast Clinic direct, please ring 01902 793269.

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