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Southern DHB Breast Care - Southland

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The Breast Care Service (on the Dunedin site) has a “one day work-up” of patients who have been referred, which is efficient and patient-friendly. Results are provided in a more timely fashion and the amount of travel for appointments reduced.

One-day work-up includes clinical assessment by the surgical team with appropriate imaging and any required laboratory samples to enable accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. Patients will then be booked for other procedures if necessary.

Please use the one page Breast Care Services GP referral form to enable the Breast Care Service to accurately triage referrals. An electronic copy will be available through the PHO link.

Please send referrals to the breast care nurse at the appropriate location.

Patients with suspected breast abscess ideally should be discussed with breast team (surgeon or registrar) and if appropriate imaging arranged by contacting nurses in BCS. Out of hours radiology can contacted directly by the specialist.


Procedures / Treatments

  • Mammography

    A mammogram is a special type of x-ray used only for the breast.… More

  • Breast Ultrasound

    In ultrasound, a beam of sound at a very high frequency (that cannot be heard) is sent into the body from a small vibrating crystal in a hand-held scanner head.  When the beam meets a surface between tissues of different density, echoes of the sound beam are sent back into… More

  • Fine Needle Aspiration

    This procedure involves inserting a needle through your skin into the breast lump and removing a sample of tissue for examination. More

  • Biopsy

    Open Excisional: a small incision (cut) is made as close as possible to the lump and the lump, together with a surrounding margin of tissue, is removed for examination.… More

  • Breast Cancer Surgery

    This may be:

    Simple or Total: all breast tissue, skin and the nipple are surgically removed but the muscles lying under the breast and the lymph nodes are left in place.… More

  • Breast Reconstruction

    When a breast has been removed (mastectomy) because of cancer or other disease, it is possible in most cases to reconstruct a breast similar to a natural breast.… More

  • Breast Reduction

    Surgery to reduce breast size involves making a cut (incision) around the areola (the dark area around the nipple) straight downwards and along the crease beneath the breast.… More

Contact Details

Kew Road
Southland 9812

Located at the Breast Care Facility, Southland Hospital

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Street Address

Kew Road
Southland 9812

Located at the Breast Care Facility, Southland Hospital

Postal Address

Southland Hospital
PO Box 828
Invercargill 9840

This page was last updated at 12:41PM on June 18, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Breast Care - Southland.