We have provided for you the answer to some frequently asked questions we receive here in relation to our Outpatient Clinics.

For information on contact details for the Unit please see the About Us section.

What to take with you

It is important to note that if you have had any previous mammograms or x-rays taken of your breast, please arrange to bring these with you.  You will need to contact the hospital or clinic where you had these tests carried out and arrange to get copies of the files to bring with you.  If you have difficulty in getting your x-ray film, please contact the secretary in the Breast Clinic in advance of your appointment.

It may be advisable to bring along something to read, as patients can sometimes spend a long time at the clinic if they are going to need more than one test.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes with a separate top and bottoms as you will need to take your top and your bra off for a physical examination and tests.  Avoid wearing talcum powder, deodorant or perfume as they may interfere with some tests.

Can I bring a relative or friend to the clinic?

Yes.  Everyone in the clinic is aware that coming to a breast clinic can be a worrying time.  You are welcome to bring a relative or friend.

We would recommend that you don’t bring children with you to the clinic, for you own comfort and that of your child.  However, if this isn’t possible, we suggest you bring a friend or relative to mind them while you are being seen.

There may be areas where accompanying persons are not permitted.

If you are returning to the clinic for results we would recommend you bring a relative or friend.

What happens when I arrive at the clinic?

When you check in you will be asked by the receptionist to confirm your personal and contact details.  You will meet a doctor, who is a member of the breast team, who will ask you details about your symptoms and carry out an examination.

After examination, the doctor may decide you need some tests, such as a mammogram, ultrasound or biopsy.  If possible these tests will be done on the same day as your clinic appointment.  A Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist is available at the clinic to provide information and support.

What tests might I have?

Depending on your age and symptoms you may have a mammogram or a breast ultrasound scan.  Some people will have both tests performed.

After a mammogram or ultrasound the doctor may decide to take a sample from the lump, either by a core biopsy or fine needle aspiration.

What is a triple assessment?

Triple assessment means you will have the following: -

  • Be examined by a breast surgeon
  • Have a mammogram and/or ultrasound
  • Have a core biopsy or fine needle aspiration

It should be noted that not all patients who attend the Symptomatic Breast Clinic require triple assessment.

When are the results available?

You will get the results of your mammogram or ultrasound on the day of your visit.  However, the results of a core biopsy or fine needle aspiration are not available on your first visit and you will be given an appointment to attend for the results. 

Staff will process your tests as quickly as possible.  Everyone in the clinic is aware that this can be a worrying and stressful time.

If you cannot attend for your appointment:

Please contact the breast clinic secretary if you are unable to attend the clinic.  Another person can then be offered your appointment.  The secretary will offer you an alternative appointment if you wish.

Information Leaflets

Please help yourself to information leaflets provided and if you cannot locate the particular information leaflet you are looking for please feel free to ask a member of the nursing/medical staff.

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