Women’s health is a broad term that doesn’t define any one medical speciality, but encompasses many conditions that can affect a woman through each stage of her life. It is very important to us, just as it is to you, that you and the women in your life remain in the very best of health.
Most common procedures:
- Breast Cancer
- Health Screening
- Ovarian Screening
One Stop Breast Clinic
When you are concerned
Whether you are experiencing discomfort or pain in your breasts, are concerned or need breast specialist advice, The Chiltern and Shelburne Hospitals in Buckinghamshire have a specialist one-stop Breast Clinic designed to treat you quickly and put your needs first.
What can you expect?
Providing high quality care and advice, the Breast Clinic is staffed by highly experienced consultants and dedicated breast care nurses, ensuring you are treated quickly and that you are supported throughout the whole process.
The Breast Clinic is staffed by Consultant Breast Surgeons on a daily basis during the week at either The Chiltern or Shelburne Hospitals, enabling appointments to usually be arranged within 24 hours of referral.
Upon arrival at the clinic, you will be greeted by a breast care nurse who will accompany you throughout the consultation process, guide you through any tests you may need and arrange any follow up required. She is there to support you and address any queries you may have.
Our Breast Consultants have specialised specifically in breast treatments and surgery. They have vast experience both within the NHS and privately, and are committed to providing high quality care. They understand you might be apprehensive about test results and will always endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
In the majority of cases, a diagnosis can be made on the same day as the clinic as investigations can be carried out during the appointment.
The diagnostic tests the Breast Clinic offers are:
- Mammogram - an x-ray of the breast
- Ultrasound - used if a lump is detected by a mammogram to provide a more detailed picture
- Biopsy – a needle biopsy may be performed if a lump is diagnosed. This is frequently carried out under ultrasound guidance and specimens are subsequently analysed by a specialist breast pathologist.
Most of these results can be given at the same visit and you will be guided through these by one of our dedicated breast care nurses.
Should you require any surgery following your visit, our Consultant Surgeons are able to carry out the latest surgical procedures, such as sentinel node surgery (with intra-operative testing), which is offered at few centres in the UK. They are also able to perform various types of breast reconstruction.
If you have any concerns after you leave the Breast Clinic, you will be provided with contact details of the breast care nurse and details of local patient support groups. Whatever your breast concerns, The Chiltern and Shelburne Hospitals’ Breast Clinic will ensure you are supported throughout.
The Chiltern and Shelburne Hospitals’ Breast Clinic offers a one-stop, efficient, friendly and responsive service, able to deal with breast concerns quickly.
UpFront Breast Cancer Support Group
The Breast Clinic has built strong links in the community with various support groups such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Upfront Breast Cancer Support Group.
Up Front is a breast cancer support group based at BMI The Chiltern Hospital. Their aim is to provide empathy and support to those with breast cancer, at any stage of their treatment and beyond, as they continue with their lives. They hold monthly meetings at BMI The Chiltern Hospital.