Spire St Anthony’s One-Stop Breast Clinic serves many purposes; you may simply want 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 breast irregularity.

Whatever your individual clinical needs we aim to offer you the highest standard of care by minimising your apprehension and providing expert breast assessment, investigations and feedback in one appointment. We have an excellent support team of specialists across a range of services, from diagnosis through to treatment and counselling, so you can be confident you are receiving the highest levels of care. The One-Stop Breast Clinic on Monday evenings provides a clinical examination by a consultant breast surgeon, diagnostic imaging and, if appropriate, aspiration or biopsy at a single visit. At other times during the week, a consultant breast surgeon can be seen and any necessary investigations completed within a week. Spire St Anthony’s Hospital has been accredited by the leading private health insurance company BUPA as a Breast Care Centre of Excellence.

Who can use the breast clinic?

The One-Stop Breast Clinic is open to all whether you have private medical insurance or not. If you have medical insurance, contact your insurer to ask if you are covered for the tests or treatment you may need and please bring any insurance details or pre-authorisation numbers with you to your first out-patient appointment. If you are not covered by private medical insurance, one-off private treatment is available with a fixed price agreed in advance for more information please call 020 8335 4678 / 9 or complete our enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

What happens at 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 may be required to help obtain an accurate diagnosis. 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. The diagnostic tests may take up to an hour and can include one or more of the following: Mammography - a type of scanning that uses low-dose X-rays to examine the breast. It is used to help identify breast cancer in its early stages as it can find cancers that are too small to feel. Ultrasound - a painless examination of the breast using sound waves instead of X-rays. Core biopsy - this procedure involves the removal of some tissue from the breast for examination. Needle biopsy (fine needle aspiration) - this involves passing a thin needle into the breast to withdraw some breast cells for analysis. In most cases we will be able to make a diagnosis during your first visit, but sometimes a further visit is required.

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 Spire St Anthony’s 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 St Anthony’s 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.