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Breast Clinic

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How do I get an appointment at a specialist breast clinic?
Appointment at a specialist breast clinic is usually following General Practitioner referral. We aim to see all urgent private referrals within one week and perform all initial tests in one single visit.
Why is a GP referral important?
It is considered best practice by the British Medical Association (BMA) for patients to be referred for specialist treatment by their GP. A GP referral provides important information, including medical history, and any particular details that require specific attention. Insurance companies may check if a GP referral has taken place, and if you see a private specialist without a GP referral your GP is not necessarily obliged to accept the specialist’s recommendations.
Where are specialist breast clinics held?
I hold specialist NHS breast clinics at Princess Anne Hospital and Southampton General Hospital. My private breast clinics are held on Thursday evenings at Spire Hospital Southampton and at the Wessex Nuffield Hospital by appointment.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram usually involves taking a pair of x-rays from each breast. Further information on mammograms is available on the University Hospital Southampton website
What are the advantages of digital mammography?
Digital mammography is preferable to film screen mammography both for women below 50 and for patients with dense breast tissue, and is the preferred mammographic technique for screening of younger women considered to be at increased familial risk for breast cancer. Digital mammography uses computer imaging, which means that images can be produced more quickly, and can be manipulated to make it easier to see subtle differences in the breast tissue.
What tests are usually performed?
Women over the age of 35 usually have a mammogram and an ultrasound of any areas of the breast(s) causing symptoms. In women less than 35 years old breast ultrasound (jelly scan of breast) is usually the first test. A needle biopsy is sometimes required to obtain a sample from your breast. This is usually done either with a fine needle or a special needle and local anaesthetic (core biopsy). Bruising may occasionally be experienced following needle biopsy.
What happens during a new clinic appointment
The start of the consultation is a good opportunity to let me know how I can best help. I may also ask a few questions to clarify details and to better understand how I can help. If you have already had some tests I will review the results of these with you. There will be a breast care nurse or clinic nurse present as a chaperone when I examine you. We will then discuss how best to proceed and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. If a biopsy has been taken a follow up appointment may be made to review the results of the biopsy and to discuss if any further treatment or tests are required. 
Do you let my GP know the outcome?
I will routinely write a letter to your GP summarising the consultation, our discussion and my recommendations. This letter is addressed to your registered GP or the referring GP. Please let me know if you would like your letter sent to a specific GP. Please let me know if you would like a copy of this letter.
What if the symptoms return or get worse?
Whilst breast tests are accurate no test is perfect. Please feel free to ask for a further review if you feel things are not proceeding as anticipated.
How much does private treatment cost?
Mr Cutress is recognised by the relevant major Private Health Insurance Companies.
To obtain details of private assessment and treatment costs please contact us. Fixed price options are often available for self pay patients. We currently have a fixed price option for the initial clinic assessment of breast symptoms.
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