Our rapid access clinic serves a number of purposes: you may simply wish to discuss a history of breast disease in your family and get a check-up, or you might have discovered a lump or be experiencing changes in your breast and want a specialist’s opinion. Whatever your individual clinical needs, you’re right to seek professional diagnosis.

About the clinic

Many people who attend this clinic will find that there’s nothing wrong; in fact, many breast lumps and changes do not require treatment of any kind.

If cancer is suspected, however, because early diagnosis greatly increases the chance of successful treatment and outcome, our one stop breast clinic is designed to identify the best possible approach to treatment, which can be planned and actioned quickly.

Your GP can refer you to our breast clinic. We aim to provide appointments within two to three working days.

Testing and treatment

At your clinic appointment you will be seen by a consultant breast surgeon who will review your medical history and examine you in the presence of a nurse. In addition to a clinical examination, further tests may be carried out to help obtain an accurate diagnosis. If necessary, you may also be seen by a specialist breast oncologist. These tests may take up to an hour and can include one or more of the following: 

Digital mammogram

This is a technique for taking breast X-rays to show the detailed structure of breast tissue. It may show early cancers of the breast that are too small to feel.

Ultrasound

This is a painless examination of the breast using sound waves instead of X-rays.

Core biopsy

This procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic and involves a small incision being made in the breast so that some tissue can be removed and examined.

Needle biopsy (fine needle aspiration)

This involves passing a thin needle into the breast to withdraw tissue for analysis. We aim to make a diagnosis during your first visit, but a further visit may be required.

Treatment of cysts

If a cyst is present, it is usually possible to drain it in the clinic with excellent results. If a benign (non-cancerous) lump is found, it can be removed under a general anaesthetic and an appointment can be arranged for you to return to the hospital for this surgery before you leave the clinic. 

Our clinical team

Our clinic is led by a multidisciplinary team. You will be seen by a consultant who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, who will be supported by a team of clinicians across a range of services, including consultant oncologists, radiologists and pathologists. A list of consultant breast surgeons can be found here.

All decisions and patient treatment pathways at The Spire Specialist Care Centre, Solihull are discussed and established by a multidisciplinary team of experts, which includes consultant surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, nurses, pathologists, mammographers and counsellors. Members of this team will identify the most appropriate course of treatment to meet your clinical needs.

Our on-site pathology and diagnostic imaging, including CT, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound, means a quicker turn around of test results and diagnoses.

Our facilities

With on-site rapid access to comprehensive diagnostic, pathology and treatment facilities, your consultant can refer you quickly and simply, should further investigation, surgery or treatment be required.

Although we do not offer radiotherapy on-site, if this is identified as the best treatment option for you, or as a possible adjunct to another treatment, your Spire consultant will arrange for your radiotherapy treatment to be carried out with one of our radiotherapy providers, either on the NHS or privately.

Test results

A number of your diagnostic results will be available immediately and your consultant will talk through test findings with you and advise you on the next steps.

If tests confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer your consultant will discuss treatment options with our multi-disciplinary team of breast care specialists. If required, you may also be referred for further opinion and care to a consultant oncologist. Subsequent treatment may include one or a combination programme of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or hormone therapy. Appointments for onward referrals, diagnostics or treatment can be made before you leave the clinic.

Paying for yourself

Our advisers are here to help you find the best consultant for you and answer any questions you might have.

We have breast care packages which include the consultation fee, scans and tests. Prices range from £310 - £1,470 depending on the amount of scans and tests you decide to have.

Please call our advisers on 0121 704 5530 for more information or submit an online enquiry.

How to access the clinic

All women attending our breast clinic must have a referral from their GP or an NHS breast screening centre. 
To book an appointment for our rapid access breast clinic call 0121 704 1451.