Breast Care at Spire Bushey Hospital

Spire Bushey Hospital offers a one-stop triple assessment breast clinic for women with concerns or a family history of breast problems.

Our multi-disciplinary team of breast surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, histopathologists and specialist nurses works together to create a dedicated treatment plan for you
 

From diagnosis to treatment and support, our unique multi-disciplinary team of breast surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, histopathologists and specialist nurses work together to deliver your treatment and care.

Our specialist rapid-access breast care service provides:

  • appointment within 24 hours
  • consultation and diagnostics all in one visit
  • specialist team using the very latest technologies
  • consultants and clinical team rated 100% by patients*

First things first

  • If you notice a change in your breast, you should visit your GP who will be able to refer you to one of our specialist breast consultants
  • If you have already been given a diagnosis and you wish to be seen privately or pay for your own treatment, your existing hospital can refer you to our specialist services for treatment
  • If you have had a breast screening mammogram and require further investigations these can be carried out at our hospital
  • If you have a family history and would like to start screening early we offer this service to patients over 35
  • If you are over 73 and not receiving screening invitations from the NHS you can self-refer – any reports will be sent to your GP

Your appointment

Breast clinics are available Monday to Saturday and you can be seen within 24 hours of enquiring. Your appointment will be with an experienced consultant breast surgeon and a specialist breast nurse. At the initial assessment, your consultant will discuss your concerns and take a full medical history.

Before any diagnostic tests are completed, your consultant will carry out a breast examination so that a decision can be made on which investigations should be undertaken to suit your individual needs. The team aim to carry out all the investigations needed at your first appointment using state-of-the-art equipment that can help detect breast abnormalities.

Diagnostic tests and investigations

Our highly trained specialist consultant breast radiologists and pathologists aim to get results to you within 24 hours or on the same day of your assessment. Patients are offered a personalised breast assessment that may include one or more of the following investigations:

Find out more about the diagnostic tests and investigations included in a breast assessment at Spire Bushey Hospital

Treatment and care

In the 2011 National Mastectomy and Breast Cancer Audit, Spire Bushey Hospital’s breast team were rated 100% by patients for their satisfaction with the consultant and clinical team.

To make the process as straightforward as possible for you, we offer flexible appointment times and calm, clean surroundings.

Surgery

If you require surgery, your consultant will explain and discuss the most suitable options for you before carrying out your operation. A pre-assessment will take place a few days before you are admitted for surgery.

Your breast care nurse will support you throughout your stay. You will be looked after in your own private room and cared for by our experienced nursing team, who will do everything they can to make your recovery as swift and as comfortable as possible. Your visitors can come to see you at any time, provided you don’t need an undisturbed rest period, and drinks and meals for them can also be arranged.

Coping with treatment can be emotionally challenging for you and your family and friends. It’s important to us that you feel safe, confident and reassured every step of the way.

Multi-disciplinary team

Spire Bushey Hospital was one of the first private hospitals to form a multi-disciplinary team of breast surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, histopathologists and specialist nurses. This highly specialist team meets on a weekly basis to discuss individual patient cases and works together to create a dedicated treatment plan for each patient. It is widely recognised that having a committed multi-disciplinary team to consider all the treatment options results in the most effective care plan for the patient, taking into account age, general health, the cancer stage (its size and whether it has spread) and its grade (which indicates how quickly it may grow or develop).

Our highly experienced team of surgeons and specialist support staff work together to deliver your treatment and care. They aim to ensure you are looked after from the moment of your diagnosis, throughout your treatment and after-care.

Breast reconstruction

Spire Bushey Hospital offers a full and comprehensive range of oncoplastic and reconstructive breast procedures. For some patients we are able to offer immediate reconstruction, which is performed at the same time as your initial surgery. All options will be fully explored with your consultant to find the best solution for you.

Oncology

If you require radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, you will receive this at Elstree Cancer Centre, just a few minutes’ drive from the hospital. Elstree Cancer Centre, run in partnership by Cancer Partners UK and Spire Bushey Hospital, is a state-of-the-art, integrated radiotherapy and chemotherapy centre combining a range of cancer technologies and treatments to offer patients fast access to the best possible care and the latest innovative treatments.

The chemotherapy suite is run by the specialist chemotherapy nursing team from Spire Bushey Hospital. Patients benefit from the latest research-based treatment regimes and a patient-centred approach with individually tailored treatment plans, led by our specialist consultant oncologists.

The radiotherapy centre at Elstree Cancer Centre is run by Cancer Partners UK, the leading provider of IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy) and IGRT (Image Guided Radiotherapy) treatment in the UK. These new radiotherapy treatments have been shown to treat cancer with greater accuracy and fewer side effects than conventional radiotherapy, and it is recognised as the latest treatment of its type anywhere in the world.

On-going care and support

Your health and wellbeing are important to us – not only during your treatment, but afterwards as well. After-care is a high priority for our breast care team here at Spire Bushey Hospital. We understand the emotional and physical aspect of your recovery and we are able to offer advice and support during this time. Our staff are committed to making sure you are comfortable and feel able to ask questions at any time.

We offer a ten-year follow-up plan as standard to all our patients who have had cancer treatment. We also ensure you have access to an extended range of nursing, information and support services.

Pink Petal Club

The Pink Petal Club is a breast cancer patient support group, set up in October 2012 by Spire Bushey Hospital Specialist Breast Care Nurse Alina Caruntu. Patients expressed that they wanted the opportunity to talk to other women going through the same situation about their experiences and discuss complex issues they couldn’t necessarily talk about with their family and friends. Read more about the Pink Petal Club.

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Breast cancer care at Spire Bushey Hospital

Breast investigations and treatments can be really daunting, so we’re here to answer all your questions. Our aim is to ensure that all your tests and potential treatments are delivered by a specialist team using the latest technologies.

If you would like to discuss anything regarding our breast care treatments or investigations, please call 020 8901 5505

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The Pink Petal Club

Our Breast Care Nurse Alina Caruntu talks to Female First about the Pink Petal Club, a beast cancer patient support group that she set up with Chemotherapy Nurse Agata Skrzypulec

Our Breast Care Team

Consultant Breast Surgeons 

Consultant Breast Radiologists

Consultant Oncologists

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons

Nursing team

  • Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Bridie McGillycuddy
  • Chemotherapy Sister Sam Long
  • Chemotherapy Nurses Evelyn Allen, Victoria Bell, Veronica McCarthy, Agata Skrzypulec
  • Oncology and Breast Nurse Specialist Alina Caruntu
  • Oncology Nurse Specialist Jackie Creedon-Wilkes
  • Breast Care Nurse Specialist Elaine Sasto

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