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Breast services

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Colchester Hospital

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The breast service on the Colchester site is in the Gainsborough Wing. The main access is via the breast services entrance. There are three parking spaces outside the unit which may be used for dropping off or collecting patients.



01206 747 474

Ipswich Hospital

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The breast service on the Ipswich site is delivered in Clinic C.


Mammograms, breast ultrasound and needle biopsies are carried out in the breast imaging department. Follow the signs from Entrance 6.


Clinics are held in the main outpatients department (entrance 6).


01473 712 233

Staying in hospital

Ward information

As an inpatient, you may undergo a number of different procedures. Breast surgery encompasses a variety of breast disorders, such as benign and malignant lumps. Surgical procedures carried out at Ipswich Hospital range from simple removal of the lump to breast removal (mastectomy) and reconstruction.


We work as a team to offer diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of breast problems. These include:

  • Breast lumps
  • Breast skin changes
  • Nipple problems including nipple discharge
  • Breast pain
  • Diagnosis and treatment of benign breast conditions
  • Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
  • Male breast problems
  • High risk family history

You may be referred to us in either of the following ways:

If you have breast symptoms

  • You will be referred by your GP
  • You should allow up to three hours for a first clinic appointment
  • You will have a physical examination
  • You may have a special breast X-ray called a mammogram
  • You may have a breast ultrasound
  • You are able to bring a friend
  • You will receive the results of these tests on the day
  • You may need to have a needle test called a breast biopsy.  The results will take between one and two weeks

Women undergoing breast screening mammograms

  • If you are aged from 50-70 you should receive automatic invitations for breast screening every 3 years
  • If you are over the age of 70, you may self-refer for breast screening
  • After you have your breast screening you may be asked to attend for further assessments in the breast unit with imaging and/or a breast biopsy to assist with diagnosis

For information about specific conditions, please see the NHS Choices website


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