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"Appalled with delay in care at Fairfield hospital breast unit"

About: Fairfield General Hospital / Breast surgery Oldham PCT Royal Oldham Hospital / Breast surgery

(as the patient),

I was recently seen by a doctor at the Breast Unit at Fairfield, Bury, regarding a breast lump. He had a quick feel and said "hormonal, take evening primrose oil". That was it. I said I had pain in the lump all the time and he said "yes yes, take evening primrose oil. I will refer you for a non urgent scan, it will be about 8 weeks."

The scan appointment came from Royal Oldham 3 weeks later and the staff the could not have been more caring or considerate. I had a scan, a mammogram and was booked in for a core biopsy the next day. I am now having a traumatic 5 day wait to find out if the lump, which is definitely not a cyst, is cancer.

I think the doctor at Fairfield should be struck off.


Response from

We are very concerned to hear about your experience. If you have not already done so then please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service team to discuss this issue. You can contact the Fairfield PALS team on 0161 778 2455 or

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