Spire Little Aston Hospital in North Birmingham has a rapid access breast clinic that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and related breast problems. At the clinic we offer access to specialist diagnostic facilities, surgeons and radiologists to people in and around Birmingham, Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
Our specialist breast care nurse will provide support and understanding every step of the way
Early diagnosis greatly enhances the chances of successful treatment. No one should be afraid to come forward if they have concerns however small.
Do I need a GP referral?
This is usually required but access can also come through health screening and other routes.
What will happen in the initial consultation?
During the initial consultation your medical history will be reviewed and you will undergo a full breast examination in the presence of a nurse. Following the clinical examination further tests maybe required, such as mammogram, an ultrasound or a needle biopsy. These will usually be carried out at your initial consultation and in most cases we will be able to make a diagnosis on your first visit.
What if I need treatment?
The management of your condition will vary depending upon the diagnosis. In many cases it will be possible to reassure patients at their first visit.
If a cyst is present, it is usually possible to take out the fluid with a syringe and needle, with excellent results.
If a benign (non-cancerous) lump is found, it can be removed under a general anaesthetic.
If tests confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer, your consultant will discuss treatment options with a breast multi-disciplinary team. Treatment may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone therapy. For patients who require a mastectomy (removal of a breast), Spire Little Aston offers access to immediate breast reconstruction surgery if appropriate.
Will you send the report to my GP?
Yes, with your consent, a full report will be sent to your GP.
How to make an appointment
You will need to speak to your GP and ask them to provide a referral letter then call us on 0121 580 7151 where we will be able to book you into the clinic.