Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Breast Awareness

Last updated: 27 November 2019

What is Breast Awareness ?

Breast awareness is a part of general body awareness. It is a process of getting to know your own breasts and becoming familiar with their appearance. Learning how your breasts feel at different times will help you to know what is normal for you.

You can become familiar with your breast tissue by looking and feeling - in any way that is best for you (e.g. in the bath, shower or when dressing).

Being breast aware and knowing what is normal for you will help you to be aware of any changes from normal.

The Normal Breast

Before the menopause normal breasts feel different at different times of the month. The milk-producing tissue in the breast becomes active in the days before a period starts. In some women, the breasts at this time feel tender and lumpy, especially near the armpits.

After a hysterectomy the breasts usually show the same monthly differences until the time when your periods would have stopped naturally.

After the menopause activity in the milk-producing tissue stops. Normal breasts feel soft, less firm and not lumpy.

 

Changes to look out for

  • Appearance - Any change in the outline or shape of the breast, especially those caused by arm movements, or by lifting the breasts. Any puckering or dimpling of the skin.
  • Feelings - Discomfort or pain in one breast that is different from normal, particularly if new and persistent.
  • Lumps - Any lumps, thickening or bumpy areas in one breast or armpit which seem to be different from the same part of the other breast and armpit. This is very important if new.
  • Nipple change - Nipple discharge, new for you and not milky. Bleeding or moist reddish areas which do not heal easily. Any change in nipple position - pulled in or pointing differently. A nipple rash on or around the nipple.

 

What to do if you find a change

There can be many reasons for changes in the breast. Most of them are harmless but all of them need to be checked as there is a small chance they could be the first sign of cancer. If you are aware of any change in your breast from what is normal for you, tell your doctor without delay. Remember, you are not wasting anyone's time. If there is a cancer present, the sooner it is reported, the more simple treatment is likely to be. This offers greater prospects of benefit in terms of quality of life. Breast cancer is very rare in women under the age of 40. The likelihood of developing breast cancer increases with age.

 

Breast Awareness Five-Point Code

  • Know what is normal for you.
  • Look and feel.
  • Know what changes to look for.
  • Report any changes without delay.
  • Attend for breast screening when you are invited.
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