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One Stop Breast Clinic

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. With fear playing a key factor in why women don’t seek help and this feeling further heightened by the idea of lengthy waiting times, Parkside and CCL has implemented the ultimate ‘One Stop’ approach – offering patients rapid advice, diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer including breast reconstruction, all in one location.

What is the ‘One Stop Breast Clinic’?

This is an outpatient clinic specifically for patients with any breast related symptom whether this be a worrisome lump, breast asymmetry, nipple retraction, nipple discharge, breast pain or skin changes. The ‘One Stop Breast Clinic’ involves a triple assessment offering a thorough and accurate breast cancer diagnosis. The entire process can take less than an hour from start to finish, making it ideal for busy individuals who wish to complete diagnostic assessments and tests in a single visit.

So what happens during the appointment?

When you arrive at CCL for the One Stop Breast Clinic, our experts will carry out a comprehensive triple assessment. This will consist of:

    • a clinical assessment comprising of your full medical history and examination undertaken by a specialist breast surgeon
    • a breast ultrasound scan and a mammogram (for age 40+), undertaken by an experienced consultant breast radiologist
    • if an abnormality is detected, further assessment involving a fine needle aspiration or core biopsy under local anaesthesia carried out by the radiologist.

A robust assessment to give you peace of mind

Using this ‘One Stop’ triple assessment, the service can quickly assess whether a lump is benign or malignant, reassuring 90% of patients immediately that their lump is benign and no further diagnosis intervention is required.

Should the investigations reveal a more sinister cause of symptoms, this is usually confirmed within 2-5 working days and the patient will be informed of the diagnosis during a consultation in the presence of a specialist Breast Care Nurse. We will discuss in a Multi-Disciplinary Meeting (MDM) and develop a personalised treatment plan specific to you. All the relevant tests and treatments can be fully carried out on site.

Our ‘One Stop Breast Clinic’ has been recognised as ‘an area of outstanding practice’ by the Care Quality Commission and aims to cause as little disruption to a patient’s day as possible, offering the ultimate one stop approach to reduce fear and provide early diagnosis and the prompt treatment women need.

You don’t have to be symptomatic for a triple assessment.

Book now

You can self-refer to the One Stop Clinic if you’re paying for your treatment. Most insurance companies, however, require a referral from your own doctor first.

If you are over the age of 40, want peace of mind and are non-symptomatic, you can self-refer for a digital mammogram. The result will be sent to your GP.

If you are over the age of 40, want peace of mind and are non-symptomatic, you can self-refer.

If you have any questions about cancer or would like to book an appointment with one of our specialists, complete this form online or call 020 8247 3351.