Referral from GP

Patients referred by their GP to a hospital for specialist breast advice and treatment will receive a letter from Belfast City Hospital. The letter will ask the patient to ring the hospital to make an appointment to attend the outpatient breast clinic.  

Patients are seen at this clinic by one of the specialists within the breast team.

National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP)

The Public Health Agency has established a screening service that covers all of Northern Ireland to detect breast cancers early. Please follow the link for information on the breast cancer screening program.

Breast Outpatient Clinic

The breast clinic is located in Wing A of the Outpatient Department on the ground floor of Belfast City Hospital Tower.

The breast clinic is managed by Consultant Breast Surgeons, Radiologists and Cytopathologists. They are assisted by Registrars, Breast Clinicians and a Breast Nurse Practitioner who are experienced in the management of breast cancer and benign breast disease.

At the clinic, a member of the nursing team will call your name and take you into a consultation room. Patients may be asked to remove their clothes to the waist and given a cape to wear so they can be examined easily.

At the clinic patients may be asked questions about:

  • Symptoms- pain, lumps, nipple discharge
  • Periods
  • Menopause
  • Whether they have been on the pill or HRT
  • If they have children
  • History of family breast disease.

At the clinic patients may be sent for further diagnostic investigations. These are detailed in the next section, a link to be which can be found on the right hand side of this page.