Breastcare Services

 

Introduction

After six months of operation it is timely to update on the Southern DHB Breast Care Service (SBC) Dunedin site.  The service is settling in well and providing a good service to patients.

 

Since the change of provider of Breast Screening Aotearoa to Pacific Radiology Group the Southern DHB has continued to provide specialist assessment and care through Breast Care Service.  The Breast Care Service manages referrals for people with symptoms and signs of breast disease, including those found from the breast screening programme.

 

The Breast Care Service (on the Dunedin site) has a “one day work-up” of patients who have been referred, which is efficient and patient-friendly.  Results are provided in a more timely fashion and the amount of travel for appointments reduced.

 

One-day work-up includes clinical assessment by the surgical team with appropriate imaging and any required laboratory samples to enable accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible.  Patients will then be booked for other procedures if necessary.

 

Please use the one page Breast Care Services GP referral form to enable the Breast Care Service to accurately triage referrals. An electronic copy will be available through the PHO link.

Please send referrals to the breast care nurse at the appropriate location.

 

Patients with suspected breast abscess ideally should be discussed with breast team (surgeon or registrar) and if appropriate imaging arranged by contacting nurses in BCS.  Out of hours radiology can contacted directly by the specialist.

 

Staffing includes three specialist surgeons Mr Michael Landmann, Mr Graeme Millar and Dr Simone Petrich and three breast care nurses Glenys Mitchell (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Mary Grant and Janine Tallentire.  The clerical support member holding the team together is Kelly Curtis.

   

Locations

Dunedin Hospital, 201 Great King St

  • Ground floor, main hospital

Southland Hospital, Kew Road, Invercargill

  • Breast Care Facility
   

Contact Details

Dunedin        Tel: 03 470 9405

                       Fax: 03 470 9514

                       Email: breastcarenursedn@southerndhb.govt.nz

                       Breast Care Nurse

 

Invercargill     Tel: 03 214 8926

                        Fax: 03 214 8927

                        Email: breastcarenurseinv@southerndhb.govt.nz

 

Please contact Helen Williams in Dunedin on Tel 03 474 7007 and Judith Kissell in Invercargill Tel 03 214 5752 if you have further questions.

   

Links

Breast screening - www.healthywomen.org.nz