This page was last updated: May 13th, 2022
Our unit is the largest in the south west, and one of the few units in the country offering Oncoplastic surgery. We strive to deliver the highest standard of care to all of our patients and remain at the forefront of diagnosis, treatment, research and training in breast disease.
To achieve this we actively support and encourage patients to participate in nationally and internationally run trials so that we can explore new frontiers in preventing, diagnosing and treating breast cancer
Nikki Olsen (Prof Drew, Mr Brown)
Sarah Maker (Mrs Kumaresan, Mrs English, Mr Abbas)
01872 252972 or 01872 252208 or 01872 253797
The Mermaid is home to the Cornwall Breast Screening Programme (NHS BSP) and the Oncoplastic Breast Unit. We also monitor patients with a family history that maybe at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
It was one of the first units in the UK to have a fully digitalised mammography screening service.
Our commitment to providing the highest possible quality screening programme was judged the best screening programme in the region in 2008, and among the best in the UK by the South West Screening Quality Assurance team. In October 2011, the Mermaid Centre was one of the first breast units in the country to be endorsed by Breakthrough Breast Cancer for our Service Pledge commitment to the patients of Cornwall.
The breast screening programme uses low-dose X-rays to examine the breasts and look for different types of tumors and cysts. Mammography has been proven to reduce mortality from breast cancer.
Like all x-rays, mammograms use doses of ionizing radiation to create this image. Radiologists then analyse the image for any abnormal growths.
If you are invited for breast screening or a mammogram, you may come to the Mermaid Centre, our dedicated building for Mammography (see above for more details). We also have two mobile vans for breast screening that visit the following towns:
You can find out more about breast screening and mammography on the NHS website.
It has 4 laminar flow operating theatres, and since opening in 2009 one of the two new state-of-the-art theatres has been dedicated exclusively for breast surgery.
The St Michael’s ward is a bright, clean and peaceful, female only ward for breast surgical patients with a dedicated and highly specialised nursing team, skilled in caring for the specific needs of women undergoing Oncoplastic breast surgery.
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery is the new gold standard in the modern surgical treatment of the breast and brings together the most effective cancer treatment with the best possible cosmetic outcome.
Oncoplastic Breast Surgeons are qualified to provide expertise in cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and can perform surgery that incorporates therapeutic, reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery when indicated.
For urgent referrals, please fax a copy of the referral to the central referrals office on 01872 252300.
For non-urgent referrals, you can refer your patient to the Mermaid Centre using the ‘Choose and Book’ system.
(* a first-degree relative can be a mother, father, sister or daughter, and a second degree relative can be an aunt, grandmother or granddaughter)