About our service
St. Vincent’s Hospital Breast Unit is one of the longest established breast clinics in the country and one of the eight NCCP designated centres for the management of symptomatic breast disease, specialising in the management of breast cancer and benign breast disease.
Our one-stop breast clinic offers comprehensive and outstanding outpatient care for all breast conditions conditions through Maple Centre; a highly personal and specialised outpatient service for symptomatic patients. The clinic offers rapid access to the latest diagnostic imaging, investigations and pathways into treatment, delivered by a team of consultants, clinical nurse specialists and support staff. We provide diagnosis, imaging and treatment to anyone experiencing breast symptoms or breast-related problems. We also offer assessment and screening service for women with a family history of breast cancer.
What we have to offer
Appointments offered -
Triple Assessment Clinic
In line with NCCP (2021) guidelines, women with symptoms and signs that merit urgent assessment are offered an appointment at a triple assessment clinic which operates once per week on a Monday morning. Not all patients who are referred will require a triple assessment.
The Triple Assessment Clinic consists of breast imaging, namely a mammogram (for patients aged 35 and older), ultrasound and if any abnormality is detected a needle biopsy as well as a clinical assessment by a breast specialist.
Depending on the information on the referral from your GP, for patients who do not require triple assessment, appointments will be made for breast imaging as well as an appointment to meet with a breast specialist.
Breast Imaging Only
Based on the information on the referral, your GP may have only specifically requested breast imaging.
Breast Cancer Care
St Vincent’s Hospital is one of the eight NCCP designated centres for the management of breast cancer and this care is delivered in line with national and international practice guidelines by a comprehensive and contemporary multidisciplinary team, specialising in the management of breast cancer including.
Appointment and Referral information
Appointments can be made with a referral from your GP.
Upon receipt, the referral is triaged and assigned a priority based on the information provided in line with guidelines from the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP, 2021).
Referral letters can be sent by e-mail or by fax. Referrals through Healthlink are encouraged.
This service is for symptomatic patients only and is not a screening clinic.