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Breast infection – Information for GPs

Referral criteria / commissioning position

Refer to secondary care:

  • 2 week Wait rule where symptoms are slow to resolve or recurring following primary care intervention

Red Flags include:

  • systemically unwell, clear abscess or necrotic compromised skin requires urgent referral
  • Patient >50 (higher risk of underlying malignancy)

Contact Breast unit to speak to Breast Surgeon, if unable consider acute surgical team; If ANY doubt that may not be settling seek advice from Breast Surgeon sooner rather than later.

Investigations prior to referral


Information to include in referral letter

  • Describe symptoms and duration
  • Recent pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Details of treatments and measures tried including outcomes
  • Relevant past medical/surgical history including family history of breast cancer
  • Drug history (prescribed and non-prescribed)
  • Relevant past medical/surgical history
  • Current regular medication
  • BMI
  • Smoking status
  • Alcohol consumption

Patient information

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