When a GP sees a patient who has a breast condition that requires a specialist referral, then the Hauora Tairāwhiti Breast team is involved.
What do we do:
Women and Men often report changes to their breasts to their GP
These could include:
• A change in size or shape of the breast
• A lump or thickening that feels different to the rest of the breast
• Redness or a rash on the skin and or around the nipple
• A change in skin texture, small wrinkles, folds, dimpling
• Nipple discharge
• Nipple becoming inverted or changing its position
• A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
• Constant pain in your breast or armpit
Your GP will refer you to Hauora Tairāwhiti radiology department for a Mammogram and/or Ultrasound.
A breast assessment clinic is held once every two weeks with a visiting Specialist Radiologist.
The Radiologist will read your results after your mammogram and ultrasound test.
A Breast care Nurse will be in Radiology where you will have an Ultrasound test and will be more than happy to discuss results or answer any questions. Your results will be available from you GP 7 days following.
If you have a mammogram only – see your GP 7 days following for results.
Results of these preliminary investigations determines whether a clinic appointment with the surgeon is required.
Mr Steve Hudson: General / Breast Accredited Surgeon
Mr Ric Cirolli: General Surgeon
Tania Lardelli: Breast Care Nurse
Exams and procedures:
A mammogram uses low dose X-Rays to produce an image. It is currently the best method to detect changes within the breast.
An examination of the breast using sound waves.
Ultrasound of the breast is used for younger patients where mammography isn't appropriate or to look more closely at an area of concern. Ultrasound can further characterize breast lumps, for example, to assess whether a lump is solid or fluid-filled.
Not everyone needs a biopsy; this will be discussed with you at your appointment.
A wide range of breast surgery is offered here in Gisborne. Complex reconstructions are referred on to Waikato Hospital.
Breast Screening Aotearoa:
FREE breast screening every two years for women aged 45 to 69
Freephone 0800 270 200
How to get in touch:
Breast Care: 06 8690500 - ask for Breast Care Nurse
Radiology enquiries: 06 8690500 ext 8407