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Welcome

At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust we provide an established multidisciplinary breast service. We offer all suspected cancer patients an appointment within two weeks of their GP referral.

At Airedale we offer

The breast service provide a full range of services for the investigation and treatment of breast cancer and some benign conditions. This includes symptomatic problems and interventions for women who have attended the NHS Breast Screening Service.

We provide a weekly prosthetic clinic for the fitting of breast prosthesis for patients who have had previous surgery at the trust. If you have had surgery at another hospital your GP can refer you into the clinic.

If you would like an appointment, please ring Nancy Berry on 01535 292758, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Our nursing and supportive team

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

A Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist is a qualified nurse who has or is undergoing specialist training in breast cancer care and who works as part of the breast care team based within the hospital.

All the members of the breast nurse specialist team have expertise and experience in assisting with patients and carers concerns including:

  • information about the disease illness, investigations, treatments and follow up
  • advice about any symptoms arising as a result of the cancer treatment
  • support for patients, relatives and carers
  • referral to the community nursing teams, such as the District Nurses
  • referral to other professionals who can offer specialist advice such as benefits, social services or complimentary therapies. e.g. Cancer Support Yorkshire
  • Your CNS is likely to be your main contact at the hospital

Our breast clinical nurse specialists are:

  • Lorraine Meier – Lead Breast CNS
  • Claire Pipkin – Breast CNS
  • Amanda Swanepoel – Breast CNS
  • Sarah Haston – Breast CNS

Cancer Care Coordinator (CCC)

The Cancer Care coordinator works as part of the cancer care team alongside registered practitioners to help improve care for people with cancer, helping patients to self-manage and lead as healthy lives as possible. The CCC is not a qualified clinician but is trained and experienced in supporting people with a cancer diagnosis.

CCC’s can offer practical and emotional support, sign posting, and information about lifestyle changes, such as diet, physical activity, benefits referrals, and local support available.

Our Cancer Care Co-Ordinator is: Kathryn Hardwick

Our medical team

At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust there are two Consultant Surgeons, two Consultant radiologists and a Radiology team who specialises in breast diseases.
They are supported by an experienced team of Specialist Histopathologists, Breast Clinical Nurse Specialists, Radiographers, an Advanced Clinical Practitioner and medical staff.

Contact details

The Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist team are happy for you to contact them to discuss anything you feel is important to you and will treat anything you discuss as confidential.

The breast clinical nurse specialist team provide a link and point of contact for you and your family and are your designated key worker.

They are contactable on 01535 292903 or agh.breastcarenurses@nhs.net

They are located on the Richardson Clinic Location A17

Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm

Useful Resources

Breast cancer Now www.breastcancernow.org 0808 800 6000

Macmillan www.macmillian.org.uk 0808 808 0000

Cancer Support Yorkshire www.cancersupportyorkshire.org.uk 01274 776688

Maggie’s Yorkshire www.maggies.org 0113 4578364

Useful videos

Living with and beyond cancer – breast cancer

This is one of a series of patient videos produced by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance with local trusts.

The latest videos feature Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and other health professionals, along with patient talking about their own experiences of cancer – breaking down barriers around subjects considered sensitive; challenging perceptions and mythbusting, and offering their own advice on how to deal with the impact of cancer on their everyday lives.

All seven films can be viewed here