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breast clinic referral - how long?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by chocolate_cupcake, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone,
    I have been referred to a breast clinic following months of breast pain, an underarm lump and ache and a strong family history of breast cancer. Despite this, the odds are very much in my favour - I'm 25 and otherwise fit and healthy so hopefully things will be fine. My GP doesn't seem too worried which is good.
    The appointment is at 9am and we have a new system at school where we have to fill out a form for days off (the school, however, is VERY supportive and there is no way they would refuse me time off for a medical appointment!). However, I'm not sure whether to 'apply' for just half a day off or a whole day? My mum is just recovering from breast cancer and she was at the clinic for at least 4 hours, but she did have to have extensive tests.
    For those of you that have been to a breast clinic appointment, how long were you there for?
    Thanks x
  2. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I can't answer your question, but I always ask for the maximum time I'll need, and say I hope to be back sooner.
    They'd rather over cover you than be left in the lurch!
  3. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    Some places have what they call a "one stop" breast clinic, where they'll do all of the tests there and then to get the maximum amount of information in the shortest possible time - which might mean you would be there a while.
    Personally, I would go for the whole day. When I had to go for tests (for something totally different), I was so shaken up by the whole thing that I could not have possibly gone back to work. In your case, you may be able and willing to go back - better to have booked a day and not need it all than to book half a day and be worried about the time.
    I hope things go well for you x
  4. there is no way they would refuse me time off for a medical appointment!
    Not unless they wished to breaking the law, there isn't. They aren't doing you any favours. It's your right.
    As a previous poster said, different hospitals arrange things differently. You could be seen by a consultant and referred for more tests - in an out in an hour. Or you could be sent down the corridor to wait for the tests there - half day. The last lump I went in with they took out while I was there (I had the option of declining since it was sprung on me) - whole day.
    Go for the whole day.
    It might be worth taking a taxi or getting a lift. I'd forgotten I had the car in the pay machine hospital car park when I agreed to the op. It cost me £14 for the ticket!
  5. Thanks everyone. I think I'll take the whole day. Thinking about the whole thing makes me feel sick. I honestly feel like I'm going to throw up sometimes, even though I know that the likelihood of there being a bad outcome is really small!
    Lily - fab advice about taking public transport there, have heard hospital car parks are a rip off!
  6. casper

    casper New commenter

    HI, take the day off. As Lily says take public transport. I didn't I drove there and couldn't park anywhere. had to park on a limited waiting as I was already late adn very stressed. I was there quite a while. there is nothing worse than trying to do these things to a set deadline. i did teh other day as i had OH referal a long way away. I only took trhee lessons off and had a job getting to school to take my afternoon registration
    Take care, I hope everything goes well.
  7. Thanks Casper, am definitely going to take public transport now. I don't want to feel even more stressed. Is it normal to feel this nervous even though I know things are most likely going to be fine given my age etc? I almost feel like I'm over reacting!!

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