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Counties Manukau Health Breast Clinic

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Description

The specialist breast clinics are located at the Manukau SuperClinic™ several times every week to assess a wide range of patients with breast symptoms.  This is a "one stop " clinic where you can expect to be assessed by a surgeon, and have tests (e.g. mammogram and/or ultrasound scan) all on the same day.
 
The medical team includes surgeons, pathologists (doctors who specialise in diagnosing diseases by examining your tissue samples under a microscope), radiologists (doctors who read and understand your x-rays and other diagnostic imaging studies) and oncologists (doctors who specialise in diagnosing and treating cancer), as well as registrars (specialists in training).  In addition, a key part of our team is the specialist breast nursing team led by our breast care nurses with special training and skills in this area. There are close links with the Middlemore Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons.
 
Due to a high number of referrals, clinic capacity and resource constraint, we are under significant pressure to see patients in our current target grading timeframes.  Medium and low priority patients are waiting 4-6 weeks in most cases.   If symptoms evolve during the waiting period (e.g. breast lump increasing in size), patients should see their GP for a re-assessment and GPs should update us so that priority can be re-assessed, as necessary.
 

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Referral Expectations

Your appointment with the Breast Clinic

We understand you may be feeling worried and anxious about your appointment, but it may be reassuring to know that most breast problems are benign (noncancerous).  You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you.  When you arrive please report to the reception desk at Module 9.  Every effort will be made to see you as near as possible to your appointment time, however, there are sometimes delays, you will be kept informed if the Clinic is running late. 

The clinic nurse will show you into the consulting room, where you will be asked to undress to the waist and put on a clean gown.  You will be seen by a Consultant Breast Surgeon or a member of our Specialist Team.  The Breast Care Nurses will be in Clinic and are happy to give further information you may require. 

The doctor will take a history of your symptoms, including any family history of breast problems and any medication you are taking. The doctor will examine both your breasts and you may require further tests if it is thought necessary.  Usually these tests will be carried out on the same day, so please allow enough time (2-3 hours) in case you need any tests.

Tests which may be carried out at the Breast Clinic

You may need one or more of the following:-

  • Mammogram (a breast x-ray used to look at changes in the breasts)
  • Ultrasound Scan
  • Fine needle aspiration cytology or a core biopsy (these are methods to sample the contents of a lump)

For more information about these tests, see 'Procedures/Treatments' below.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Core biopsy or Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology

    In some cases if a lump or abnormal area is found during the breast examination, a sample of cells will be taken using a 'biopsy device' or a fine needle.… More

  • Mammography

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

  • Ultrasound Scan

    This uses high frequency sound waves to produce an image of the breast.… 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

Charges

There are no charges for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the Eligibility Directions specified criteria set by the Ministry of Health.  If you do not meet the criteria, you will be declined access to the clinic and redirected to the private sector (in the rare circumstance where this information was not available prior to your clinic appointment, you will be required to pay for the full costs of any medical input you receive).

To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website. https://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/eligibility-publicly-funded-health-services

CM Health has an eligibility team who can assist with any patient enquiries.  If you have any queries, please email , phone: (09) 276 0060.

Contact Details

Manukau SuperClinic™

South Auckland

Manukau SuperClinic™ has a Call Centre to receive incoming calls related to outpatient services. The Call Centre is open to receive calls between 7:30 AM and 6:00 PM Monday to Friday.

Module 9
901 Great South Road
Manurewa
Auckland

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Street Address

Module 9
901 Great South Road
Manurewa
Auckland

Postal Address

Manukau SuperClinic™
PO Box 98743
Manukau City
Manukau 2241

This page was last updated at 10:13AM on September 14, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Breast Clinic.