We are aware that concerns have been raised around the waiting area for our breast screening clinic at the Park Centre for Breast Care.
We have a small, inner waiting room for the 8,000 patients attending routine breast screening appointments each year. Men are not permitted within this eight-seat waiting area as women attending the clinic have to cross through the waiting area between the changing room and the screening room. The policy has been in place for over ten years to protect the privacy and dignity of our patients and has been welcomed by the women who use our service.
The women who come to this clinic have been invited routinely as part of the national breast screening programme. Patients who have symptoms are invited to our outpatient clinic where they wouldn’t use the single sex waiting room, and are encouraged to bring a supportive partner, friend or family member of any gender with them.