COVID-19: Breast service guide

May 2020


This information provides guidance on the management of Breast patients in the Torbay and South Devon catchment area during the Covid-19 pandemic. The information is based on:

National guidance

Association of Breast Surgery: COVID-19 resources

NHS England & NHS Improvement: Advice to Trusts on maintaining cancer treatment during the COVID-19 response

NG12 and Additional Advice

Letter: Cancer alliance information on managing cancer referrals (NHS England website)

2WW referrals

e-Referral Service Selection:
  • Specialty: Surgery – 2WW
  • Clinic type: 2WW Breast
  • Service: 2WW-Lung-Thoracic Medicine-TSDFT-Torbay-RA9

Conditions with specific guidance

All symptomatic breast referrals can be referred according to usual guidelines.

This includes patients with breast pain or family history, where a separate referral pathway already exists.

Urgent referrals

Service running as normal.

Routine referrals

All new routine referrals will be clinically triaged and will either be added to a waiting list or, if appropriate, A&G will be given.

Please ensure that a practice-based system is in place to check daily for returning referrals with A&G.

Prior to making a routine referral, please ensure that any appropriate Policy or CRG has been reviewed and that all the suggested investigations and management options have been considered.

Existing new and follow-up routine appointments have been cancelled and changed to telephone / video consultation where appropriate.

Urgent advice

Request advice as normal.

Telephone no: 01803 656662

TSDFT Breast Care contact information

Address: Breast Care Unit, Bryant Hall, Torbay Hospital, TQ2 7AA

Telephone No: 01803 655662

Supporting Information

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off on behalf of the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Last updated: 07-05-2020


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