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Mastitis and Breast Abscess

Checked: 23-03-2021 by 3 Vicky Ryan Next Review: 23-03-2022


Please see the CKS guidelines on Mastitis and Breast Abscess for both lactating and non-lactating women.

Please also see the Breastfeeding problems page for information on managing mastitis in breastfeeding women.

Breast Abscess Referral

Patients with a lactating abscess or other acute breast abscess should be referred urgently and not via eRS:

  • For NBT please email a referral   or call 0117 4147000. Patients will normally seen on the same or next working day.
  • For Weston please refer to  A+E.

Efforts are made to ensure the accuracy and agreement of these guidelines, including any content uploaded, referred to or linked to from the system. However, BNSSG ICB cannot guarantee this. This guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer, in accordance with the mental capacity act, and informed by the summary of product characteristics of any drugs they are considering. Practitioners are required to perform their duties in accordance with the law and their regulators and nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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