One-Stop Breast Clinic
What is the one-stop breast clinic?
If you have any worries relating to your breasts, you can be seen by Miss Hassanally for a fast diagnosis.
The one-stop clinic will include an examination and, if needed, a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy – all in one day.
We understand how worrying it can be to wait for appointments, so no GP referral is needed for our breast clinics.
Where is the one-stop breast clinic?
Miss Hassanally holds her one-stop breast clinics all over Kent in, so you can book an appointment at a place to suit you.
One-stop breast clinic appointments with Miss Hassanally are available at all the hospitals she attends. To find the nearest clinic, take a look at our hospital locations here.
What happens at the breast clinic?
You will have an appointment with Miss Hassanally, who will discuss your symptoms and examine you.
She may recommend that you have diagnostic scans or tests, which you can attend immediately. A nurse will accompany you to the relevant department and provide support during this time. You may have a mammogram, ultrasound or biopsy. Everything will be clearly explained to you every step of the way.
Your mammogram and ultrasound results will be sent directly to Miss Hassanally during your appointment for her to review.
After you have had the necessary scans and tests, Miss Hassanally will discuss the results with you and explain if further treatment is needed.
If a biopsy is taken, this may take up to a week for the results to come back, and you will be offered a follow-up appointment to discuss the results.
What can attend the breast clinic?
Anyone worried about their breasts, whether you are male or female.
If you have any of the following symptoms, please get them checked out, particularly if they are unusual for you;
- Unusual lumps in the breasts
- Unusually sore or tender breasts
- Changes in the size or shape of a breast
- Dimpling to the skin, which may resemble orange peel
- Thickened area of breast skin or nipple
- Nipple inversion (nipple has gone in)
- Rash on the nipple or breast
- Swelling or lumps in either armpit or area up to collarbone
- Blood-stained discharge from the nipple
What happens after the appointment?
It is more than likely that Miss Hassanally will not find anything worrying at your appointment and you can leave with peace of mind.
You might need to wait for biopsy results which take about a week, and you will be invited to attend a follow-up appointment.
If anything is found that needs treatment, Miss Hassanally will discuss all options and any questions with you. This may be treatment privately or a referral back to the NHS.
Can Miss Hassanally treat me?
Yes, Miss Hassanally will discuss with you the available treatments and her recommendations.
If diagnosed with breast cancer, Miss Hassanally can carry out the following procedures:
Wide local excision (lumpectomy)
This saves the breast and removes the tumour. A small area is also removed around the cancer as a safety precaution.
Sentinel node biopsy
This is a biopsy of the lymph nodes to check if the cancer has spread.
This is the removal of the breast. Reconstruction may be able to be carried out during the procedure.
This is the removal of the lymph nodes. Miss Hassanally may recommend this depending on the type of cancer.