Mastectomy Clinic Dublin | Prosthesis and Bra Fitting Suite
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Standards of care

for breast prosthesis fitting services

1. A prosthesis fitting service should encourage a woman to make contact with the service and put her at ease. Everything possible should be done to ensure the best possible fitting experience.

2. The fitter should be trained, knowledgeable, and sensitive to women’s needs. A woman should have a choice of seeing a female fitter.

3. The fitting environment should be easily accessible and spacious with good lighting and ventilation. A range of products should be on display and the room should have fitting rooms for privacy and a full-length mirror.

4. Women are entitled to a prompt appointment. Adequate time should be made available for the fitting and for women to receive appropriate emotional support.

5. Women are entitled to see and try a range of products so that they can choose the best product to meet their individual needs.

6. Women should always be measured for a breast prosthesis and/or mastectomy bra. If it is appropriate for a woman to be measured without removing her bra, this option should be offered to her.

7. Chosen products should be made available to women in a timely fashion. If there is a delay, women are entitled to know the reason for the delay and how long they have to wait.

8. Women should be carefully informed about how to care for their prosthesis according to manufacturers’ instructions.

9. Women should receive impartial information about alternative products and ranges available from other sources. Brochures from a variety of ranges should be made available to all women.

10. An information leaflet outlining what to expect at the prosthesis fitting should be made available to all women, as well as clear guidelines on entitlements and the replacement of prostheses.

Action Breast Cancer (ABC) is part of the Irish Cancer Society and has produced this Standards of Care (for breast prosthesis and bra fitting services) following national research which investigated the provision, fitting, supply and use of external breast prostheses in Ireland. The research involved asking women with breast cancer about this aspect of their care, as well as breast care nurses and prosthesis and bra fitters.

The Everywoman Suite & Mastectomy Clinic is hosted by Murray’s Medical Retail, 20/21 Talbot Street, Dublin 1.  Contact Us
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