About this service

Aintree’s Breast Unit provides a state of the art, fully integrated diagnostic specialist service which provides all the examinations and tests necessary to diagnose both benign and malignant breast disease affecting men and women.

Our breast service consists of a highly qualified multidisciplinary team including consultants and experienced nurses who have specialist knowledge and skills in caring and supporting both women and men with breast problems.

The Breast Unit team prides itself on providing a five star service within a caring and supportive environment whereby our specialists use state of the art diagnostic techniques to diagnose, assess and treat breast problems.

All patients undergo triple assessment in one of five one-stop clinics, which include radiological imaging and cytology. 

The Breast Unit offers a wide range of services to patients with breast problems, including:

  • Tests and diagnostic procedures
  • Breast screening
  • Breast problems
  • Breast surgery
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Non surgical treatments
  • Family History Clinic
  • Management of benign and malignant breast conditions
  • Link nurse to ensure quality of care in the community
  • Chemotherapy centre
  • The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – providing Radiotherapy services and Chemotherapy services
  • Complementary therapies

All patients requiring mastectomy have reconstruction discussed and the unit has one of the highest rates of uptake according to the 4th National Breast Reconstruction Audit.

The team strive to continuously improve the quality of the service and patients are offered holistic and complimentary therapies within the Marina Dalglish Unit and, where appropriate, receive full support from specialist nursing staff.

The Team

The service has a full multi-disciplinary team with dedicated core members. The Unit prides itself on its quality of service and, with innovations such as the Link Nurse, has one of the lowest lengths of stay in the UK.

Referral information

Patients can be referred to the Breast Unit by their GP, via consultants based at another department in the Trust or from the Breast Screening Programme following a screening assessment. 

The service aims to see all patients referred for an initial appointment within 14 days.

All new symptomatic referrals are seen within 14 days. Dedicated specialist clinics exist for family history, aesthetic, reconstruction patients and young patients. All patients undergo triple assessment in one of five one-stop clinics, which include radiological imaging and cytology.