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Ease your concerns with an assessment for breast conditions

The breast care services at Ross Hall Hospital are led by Consultant Breast Surgeons, Breast Radiologists and Oncologists. They work closely with a team of specialist Breast Care Nurses, Radiographers and Physical Therapists to offer a complete and thorough service for patients with worrying breast symptoms or a confirmed breast cancer diagnosis.

The Ross Hall Hospital Team is dedicated to providing safe, high-quality care for patients with benign conditions or breast cancer.

Patients have access to the acclaimed One-Stop Breast Clinic at Ross Hall Hospital, which allows patients with worrying symptoms relating to their breast to have all the necessary examinations, scans, and tests in one comprehensive appointment.

The experienced team is supported by a state of the art facility with cutting-edge technology and the highest standard of comfort and cleanliness available to provide you with fast, effective and bespoke treatment.

If patients are experiencing any symptoms, they can book into the clinic with appointments often within 24 hours and always within a few days.

If you have any concerning breast symptoms, book your initial appointment at Ross Hall Hospital's One-Stop Breast Clinic today.

This specialist on-site breast clinic allows patients to see an expert breast consultant for a comprehensive assessment of any worrying symptoms and have all necessary tests within one appointment. You'll get a confirmed result within one appointment for clarity, reduced anxiety, and peace of mind.

The vast majority of patients who come through the breast clinic do not end up with a breast cancer diagnosis; other benign or hormonal-related issues are usually the cause of any symptoms. Regardless it is important to get any symptoms checked out by a specialist as soon as you notice them. 

The clinic is open four days per week, with a selection of daytime and evening appointments available at times to suit you.

At your initial consultation, the breast surgeon will first understand your symptoms and learn about your family history before performing a thorough physical assessment.

This information will allow them to develop an accurate risk profile for your circumstances and request the most appropriate diagnostic tests to identify your condition. 

At Ross Hall Hospital, our patients have access to a hugely comprehensive service for private breast surgery diagnostics.

Here are some scans and tests that your consultant may recommend:

  • Mammogram - This specialised breast cancer screening test uses low-energy X-rays to check the breast for signs of cancer. Mammography aims to detect breast cancer as early as possible.

  • Breast ultrasound - An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce a detailed image of the affected area, enabling increased diagnostic certainty if a mammogram has not been sufficient.

  • Biopsy - A small sample of cells is taken from the breast and is tested for cancer.

Breast surgery consultants work in unison with breast care nurses, mammographers, and consultant radiologists to deliver a seamless and stress-free experience.

Once the test results are ready, your consultant will talk you through them and confirm your diagnosis. If your condition is benign, you might be discharged immediately or referred back to your GP for further evaluation.

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your consultant will clearly explain what this means, answer any questions you have and provide full detail of the possible next steps. 

You will spend some time with the breast care nurse specialist, who will talk you through all available support options and provide you with information about what happens next.

All breast cancer patient cases are individually discussed and reviewed weekly by an experienced multidisciplinary team, including the Surgeon, Radiologist, Oncologist, and Pathologist.

This meeting will result in a tailored treatment plan for each patient, which will be discussed with you at a follow-up appointment to plan the following stages of your care.

One of the most effective forms of treatment for breast cancer is surgery. Breast surgery aims to remove the cancerous cells and preserve as much of the original breast tissue as possible. Treatments include:

  • Lumpectomy - A surgical procedure to remove cancer or abnormal tissue from the breast.

  • Sentinel node biopsy - This surgical procedure is used to determine whether cancer has spread from the breast tumour into the lymph nodes.

  • Oncoplastic surgery - Combines tumour removal procedure with plastic surgery to preserve the breasts' natural shape. For example, it may be appropriate for a lumpectomy to be combined with a breast reduction procedure for women with larger breasts to avoid significant asymmetry.

  • Mastectomy - Used as a preventative measure or if cancer has spread to a large portion of the breast, this surgical procedure involves the surgical removal of the whole or part of one or both breasts.

  • Breast reconstruction - Often carried out immediately after a mastectomy or lumpectomy, this procedure aims to reconstruct the breast, sometimes using implants. Breast surgeons and plastic surgeons will work together during your procedure to ensure you only need to be in theatre once for the shortest possible time and with the best outcome.

Patients can also opt to have breast surgery at Ross Hall Hospital if they have received a breast cancer diagnosis elsewhere.

Depending on the procedure, you can sometimes leave the hospital on the same day, but it may require you to stay overnight with some procedures. You may need to stay two or three nights for breast reconstruction procedures.

During your inpatient stay, you will see the breast care nurse who will help you with an external prosthesis and fitted bra if required after a mastectomy. You'll also be seen regularly by your consultant, who will talk you through the surgery and answer any questions you might have.

You might also see a physical therapist as part of your stay who will help you with simple exercises for your arm and shoulder to improve mobility after surgery.

Following your discharge from the hospital, you'll have several follow-ups with your consultant to check your healing and discuss your ongoing treatment. You will begin the following stages of your recovery if required by your condition.

Depending on the type of cancer and your family history, your consultant may refer you for genetic testing, which can be carried out at Ross Hall Hospital. Testing will help identify any genes that may be linked to your cancer, confirming whether other family members with the same inherited gene may be at risk. If you have a gene that puts you at greater risk of breast cancer, your consultant will discuss ongoing monitoring options with you.

Oncology is the medical speciality tasked with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all types of cancer found around the body. Oncology consultants work with specialists from all departments, including breast surgery, to diagnose and treat cancer quickly and effectively.

The main oncology treatments for breast cancer are:

  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Hormone therapy

To find out more about the comprehensive oncology services available at Ross Hall Hospital, view the oncology page.

The breast surgery service at Ross Hall Hospital provides patients with state-of-the-art facilities and a welcoming environment to effectively and accurately diagnose, treat and manage breast cancer. 

Whether you have made a self-referral to the One-Stop Breast Clinic or have been referred by a GP or another specialty at Ross Hall Hospital, you will receive exceptional private care from our experienced and friendly breast surgery consultants.

Moreover, our excellent hospital team will ensure you receive tailored treatment and will be there to comfort and reassure you from initial consultation and diagnosis to treatment and throughout the lifespan of your condition.

At Ross Hall Hospital, we provide prompt, safe, and high-quality breast care to our patients. We're proud to be able to offer:

  • Multidisciplinary team - All breast cancer patient cases are individually discussed and reviewed weekly by an experienced multidisciplinary team, including the Surgeon, Radiologist, Oncologist, and Pathologist. Here they will create a tailored treatment plan to ensure all patients receive the utmost private care in Scotland.

  • Specialist breast care nurses - The vastly experienced specialist nurses at Ross Hall Hospital are contactable throughout your recovery. They will be available to answer questions and ease any concerns you might have throughout your treatment and recovery.

  • Support groups - The specialist breast cancer nurses run regular support groups for any breast cancer patients. These groups provide a supportive and safe environment for patients at various stages of their journey to talk about what matters to them.

The professional team at Ross Hall Hospital is here to help you through every stage of your journey. Give us a call today or book your initial consultation online.

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Mr Michael McKirdy

Consultant Breast Surgeon

MBChB, FRCS, FRCS (General)

Ross Hall Hospital

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Miss Julie Doughty

Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon


Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Dermot Murphy

Consultant Breast Surgeon

MB, BCh, BAO, FRCSI, FRCS (Intercollegiate Gen Surg), BMin

Ross Hall Hospital

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Ms Esther Jennifer Campbell

Consultant Breast Surgeon

Bsc Hons, MBChB, PhD, FRCS

Ross Hall Hospital

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Ms Jennifer McIlhenny

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


Ross Hall Hospital

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