Breast Clinic


At KIMS Hospital we understand that if you have any symptoms relating to your breast you want to be seen by an expert who can answer any questions you may have. 

That’s why we work with a team of specialists in our Breast Clinic. The clinic is led by consultant breast surgeons who are supported by dedicated Breast Radiologists, mammographers and nurses, one of which is a Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist.

If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you do not need a referral from your GP to attend the Breast Clinic.

  • Painless lumps in the breast
  • Changes in the size or shape of a breast
  • Dimpling to the skin of the breast
  • Thickened breast tissue
  • Nipple inversion
  • Limp or thickening behind the nipple
  • Rash affecting the nipple
  • Blood-stained discharge from the nipple
  • Swelling or a lump in the armpit
Book your appointment here or call us on 01622 237 727 for more information. 

 

What to expect at your Breast Clinic Appointment
  • Initial appointment with your Consultant Breast Surgeon
    When you arrive at KIMS Hospital you will be offered a seat in our outpatient waiting area. One of our clinic nurses will meet with you and take you into the consulting room for your appointment. She will stay with you during your consultation with your consultant breast surgeon. The consultant will discuss your symptoms and examine you.
  • If diagnostic scans are required
    Your consultant breast surgeon will usually request that you have diagnostic scans and tests during your appointment. Our clinic nurses will show you to the relevant department and will be able to offer you support and information about the scans and tests your consultant has requested.

    Specialist breast radiologists perform ultrasounds. If a biopsy or aspiration is required, your radiologist will be able to do this during your appointment. It usually takes around 48 hours for the results.

    Our specialist mammographers will carry out your mammogram and the images will be sent to your consultant during the same clinic. Occasionally, further diagnostic tests may be needed. Your consultant will be able to discuss this with you.

  • After your diagnostic scans and tests
    Once you have had your scans and tests you will be asked to take a seat in outpatients again. Your scan report will then be sent through to your consultant breast surgeon who will take time to talk you through your results. One of our nurses will be with you again during this section of your appointment and will be able to offer you any support and guidance you might want following your appointment.
  • If further treatment is needed
    If your consultant breast surgeon recommends further treatment, they will discuss all the available options with you. Our Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist will also be able to support you and help with any questions you might have.

About our diagnostic scans and tests

Mammogram
A mammogram is an x-ray machine designed specifically to take 2-D images of the breast. During a mammogram the breast is positioned between two flat plates on the machine which lightly press together. There may be some discomfort but our mammographers do their best to minimise this.

Two x-rays will be taken of the breast and the images sent to a computer where the pictures are reviewed and a report developed. 

Tomosynthesis
Tomosynthesis is a special kind of mammogram that produces a 3-dimensional image of the breast by using several low dose x-rays obtained at different angles. This type of scan is usually only requested if there is a specific clinical need.

The breast is positioned and compressed between two small flat plates, in the same way as for a mammogram, but the x-ray tube moves in a circular arc around the breast. Our team of specialists do their best to minimise any discomfort you might feel during your scan.

It takes less than 10 seconds for the imaging. The x-ray dose for a tomosynthesis image is similar to that of a regular mammogram. The information from the x-rays is sent to a computer, which produces a focused 3-D image of the breast. Two radiologists will review the images and develop a report.

KIMS Hospital is one of only two independent hospitals in Kent that offers tomosynthesis.

Ultrasound
A handheld probe emitting high-frequency sound waves is used to scan breast tissue. A gel is applied to the area of the breast that is to be examined, allowing greater contact between the probe and skin.

The probe is moved over the examination area producing a real-time image that is shown on a screen. The radiologist will be able to use the image to help diagnose any irregularities in the breast tissue.

Biopsy
A biopsy is a procedure that involves taking a small sample of breast tissue that can be examined under a microscope. A consultant breast surgeon may request you have a biopsy in order to help diagnose the area of concern. A core needle biopsy is performed under local anaesthetic and ultrasound is used to guide the needle into the right place to take the sample.

Aspiration
Aspiration uses a needle to draw off fluid from a cyst that is detected during an ultrasound scan. 

 

    Our Consultants

    • Mr Haresh Devalia

      MBBS MS DNB MSc (Cardiff) FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen Surg)

      • Breast Clinic
      • Breast Enlargement
      • Breast Reduction
      • Breast uplift
      • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
      • Mastectomy
      • Wide Local Excisions
    • Mr Mohsin Dani

      MBBS  FRCS (Ed)  MS (General Surgery)

      • Breast Clinic
      • Breast Enlargement
      • Breast Reduction
      • Breast uplift
      • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
      • Mastectomy
      • Wide Local Excisions
    • Mr Ibrahim Ahmed

      MBChB, CABS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS, (Gen Surgery). 

      • Breast Clinic
      • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
      • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
      • Inguinal Hernia Repair
      • Mastectomy
      • Wide Local Excisions
    • Miss Delilah Hassanally

      BSc (Hons) MSc MBBS FRCS (Eng)

      • Breast Clinic
      • Breast Enlargement
      • Breast Reduction
      • Breast uplift
      • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
      • Inguinal Hernia Repair
      • Mastectomy
      • Wide Local Excisions