Aberdeen Breast Unit
Aberdeen Breast Unit is a tertiary referral centre serving patients from Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. It is located within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The Unit treats approximately 480 new cancers per annum of which 150-180 are screen detected. The Screening Centre is currently located in temporary accommodation within ARI pending the relocation to the Baird Hospital. All facilities including nuclear medicine and plastic surgery are located on site. Breast radiology for all of these regions is located in Aberdeen.
Out Patient Activity
New patient clinics are held four times per week with two consultants staffing each clinic. These are run on a one-stop basis with imaging and cytology available at the clinic. Currently around 5,400 new patients per annum are referred directly to Aberdeen.
There are three Breast Screening Assessment Clinics per week with a further results clinic with surgical input with additional sessions arranged as and when necessary dependent on workload. These results clinics are shared equally amongst all breast surgeons on a rotational basis.
In -patient beds are located within the Orange Zone, in addition, a number of patients who are being jointly managed will be looked after in the Plastic Surgery Ward.
There are 5 breast surgeons, 4 pathologists and 5 cytologists who provide a specialist service conforming to NHSQIS standards.
There are 8 breast radiologists, most of whom work across both Screening and Symptomatic Services. Three radiologists have an interest in breast MRI and the expertise for MRI guided biopsies and localizations is available, as is tomosynthesis. The Service is supported by a team of 6 specialist nurses, who function as both breast care nurses and nurse practitioners. A full range of radiotherapy and oncology services are provided by 4 consultants (2 medical and 2 clinical oncologists) on the Forresterhill site with one medical oncologist also holding a weekly clinic at Dr. Gray’s Hospital, Elgin where there is a chemotherapy day case unit supported by a specialist nurse.