You may want to ask your doctor (GP) and the breast diagnostic service some of the following questions.
If your doctor (GP) recommends that you need some tests at a breast diagnostic service:
- Will I be having the having the triple test?
- I believe there are three tests involved. Can you explain them to me?
- How are the tests done?
- Who does the tests?
- What will the tests show?
- How long will each test take?
- Are there any risks related to having the tests?
- When and how will I receive the test results?
When making your appointment with the breast diagnostic service:
- Does the service meet current service standards (e.g. the Standard of care for breast diagnostic services)?
- How long will I be at the breast diagnostic service?
- Can I bring a friend / family member with me while I have the tests?
- What are the costs? Do I have to pay on the day?
- Do you have any advice about transport or parking?
When making your appointment, it will help staff at the breast diagnostic service prepare for your appointment if they know whether you:
- need an interpreter
- would prefer a female to examine your breasts rather than a male
- have any mobility restrictions
- have any other special needs
- are on any blood thinning medication.
At the breast diagnostic service:
- What will I be doing during the tests? (e.g. lying down, sitting up, dressed, undressed?)
- Will I be dressed in my own clothes during the tests?
- How will I feel during / after the tests?
- How long will I have to wait between tests?
- Am I able to eat or drink while I’m waiting between tests?
- When and how will I receive my test results?
- Who will tell me the results of my tests? When will this be?
- What happens afterwards?
- When will my doctor receive my test results?
Communicate your needs:
You may want to you tell staff at the breast diagnostic service if you:
- feel worried, concerned or anxious
- have any pain that might be made worse if you are in a certain position for some time
- feel cold or uncomfortable if you are not wearing your usual clothes while waiting to have the tests.
- wish to ask further questions