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Macmillan breast care nursing service

The Macmillan breast care nurses are part of the Breast Care Team based at the Victoria Centre, which is situated within the New Alderley House building on the Macclesfield District General Hospital site and host some clinics in New Alderley House and some in the Macmillan Cancer Resource Centre

We work in partnership with the breast consultants, hospital, community staff and other health care professionals. The breast care nurses are specialist nurses who are able to offer support, information and advice for all those affected by breast problems whether benign or malignant.

Who are we

The breast care nurses are:

Name Title Number
Victoria Adinkra Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist 01625 663079
Nichola Van der Ploeg Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist  01625 661976 
Denise Hamer Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist 01625 661976
Helen Smith Macmillan Lymphoedema Nurse 01625 661976






The Victoria Breast Centre

The Victoria Breast Centre is located in New Alderley House on the Macclesfield District General Hospital site. New Alderley House is the modern-looking building in a raised position on your left as you enter the hospital site through the main road entrance - please use the site's visitor parking areas, including the lower level of the multi-storey car park and the car park behind the main hospital building. More information can be found here

We provide both routine mammography screening and symptomatic imaging services for people living in the East Cheshire area.

What do we do?

We provide emotional support, information and advice on all aspects of breast disease for patients, families and carers, from time of diagnosis, during and on completion of treatment. We provide information and advice on different treatments and treatment options.

The breast care nurses provide nurse led-clinics, including seroma drainage and lymphoedema management. We can help with and arrange the fitting of suitable breast prosthesis, practical advice regarding bras and clothing.

The breast care nurses can provide information and support regarding financial issues, breast reconstruction, family history and breast awareness.

Where appropriate we can refer patients for additional support, for example counselling. We provide ongoing support at any point in the future should anxieties arise that relate to breast disease.

More information

If you wish to speak to the breast care nurses you can contact us directly Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm on the following numbers: 01625 663079 or 01625 661976 or 01625 661650. We have a secretary who will be happy to take your call if a nurse is unavailable. A telephone answering machine is also in operation. Calls are returned as soon as possible.

The breast care nurses are unavailable at the weekend or on bank holidays. Please contact your GP or hospital ward for advice if you have recently been discharged following surgery.

Other useful telephone numbers

Breast Cancer Care: 0808 800 6000
Macmillan Cancer Support: 0808 808 00 00

Who are we?

The team at the Victoria Breast Centre is made up of specialist breast radiologists, mammographers, assistant practitioners, mammography assistants and clerical staff. We are a multidisciplinary team that meets once a week with the consultant surgeons, pathologists and breast care nurses to discuss treatment options for patients.

What do we do?

NHS Breast Screening Programme

The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides routine screening mammography for women aged between 50 - 70 every three years. All women in this age range who are registered with a GP, are invited to come when their GP practice is called. We cover the Macclesfield area including some parts of Congleton and Knutsford and we also screen ladies from the Stockport area at a mobile screening unit which moves around to various locations in Stockport.

Women who are found to require further tests as a result of their screening are invited back to the Victoria Breast Centre for further tests and are seen by a consultant specialist breast radiologist. We invite approximately 64,000 women for screening mammography over a three year period.

Symptomatic breast service

The Victoria Breast Centre also provides a symptomatic service. We currently provide imaging for three rapid access clinics once a week, which are conducted by three consultant breast surgeons. They are seen by a surgeon who requests any imaging tests which may be required. The tests are carried out and the results are sent to the surgeon who can then give the patient the results of the investigations at the same clinic visit.

To contact the Victoria Breast Centre:
We are open Monday - Friday: 9.30am 4.30pm
Reception/Appointments: 01625 66 1157
Fax: 01625 66 1975



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