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Covid-19 Pandemic



COVID-19 - Update December 2021


In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic the Breast Services at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is making a number of changes to our standard practice.

Breast Unit (Symptomatic)


  • All Urgent Suspected and Urgent Cancer GP Referrals will take priority and appointment booking will continue as normal. 

  • We are now trying to accommodate non-urgent GP referrals, clinic appointments are longer than pre-pandemic waiting times. To decrease the chance of missing tumours in this low risk group, we are aiming arrange mammograms for all patients above the age of 35 if possible. 

  • Many Return Cancer Follow-up clinic appointments as well as Breast Care Nurse Led Clinics are postponed to a later date, but if you have any new symptom please contact breast care nurses and they will arrange a clinical appointment if needed.

  • Surveillance mammogram will continue for now.  

  • Family History Clinics and Screening have restarted.



  • All Breast cancer Surgery will continues for now at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

  • Immediate Breast Reconstruction have restarted and is offered for suitable patients. This will vary depending on theatre and staff availability.

  • Breast surgery for benign conditions, and symmetrisation and revision surgery is not given priority and this will be offered only if there is extra capacity on the lists.

This is clearly a worrying time for many of our patients, particularly those who have or are being treated for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Now has produced some FAQs to help guide patients. Please see the link to this below;

Link to Breast Cancer Now COVID-19  FAQs 

Link to NHS Grampian Covid-19 Page

This page have details below on how our services are changing during this Pandemic.

Also we have included some links that we feel have relevant information to the Pandemic and Breast Services, we hope you find these useful

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