Breast Screening & Assessment Service

Meet the team

You can find out about the members of staff working in the Breast Screening and Assessment Service.


Breast Screening Consultant Radiologists

Dr Joanne GholkarConsultant Radiologist

  • Consultant Radiologist
  • Tel: 0191 2820243
  • GMC Code: 2436018
  • Qualifications: MB, ChB, MRCP, FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Breast Radiology

  • Biography

    Consultant radiologist since 1986. Consultant at RVI since 2004 – General and Breast radiology. Now Programme Lead for Breast Screening and symptomatic breast service.

  • Directorate

    Radiology

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Symptomatic breast clinic 1 per week

    Assessment breast clinic 1 per week

  • Name of Secretary
    Liz Barrons

Dr Lesley McLeanConsultant Radiologist

Dr Brenda KayeConsultant Radiologist

  • Consultant Radiologist
  • Tel: 0191 2821680 or 0191 2820204
  • GMC Code: 2436324
  • Qualifications: MB ChB DMRD FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Breast Radiology

  • Biography

    I qualified in Radiology in 1985, I have specialised in breast since 1990. Formerly Newcastle Screening Programme Director and head of Department  for ten years until Dec 2011,  now deputy Director. Sessional commitment to the Newcastle Breast screening programme in North Cumbria in addition to RVI commitment.

  • Directorate

    Radiology

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    Tuesday am breast assessment (Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle), Thursday am breast symptomatic  (RVI), cover for colleagues Thurs pm breast assessment (RVI) and Friday am Breast assessment (RVI)

  • Name of Secretary
    Lynda Hastings

Dr Nidhi SibalConsultant Radiologist

  • Consultant Radiologist
  • Tel: 0191 2821677 or 0191 2825626
  • GMC Code: 4680297
  • Qualifications: MBBS; MRCS; FRCR
  • Special Interests

    I am a Radiologist with an interest in Breast and Paediatric Radiology.

  • Biography

    Breast and Paediatric Radiology

    Breast screening and symptomatic work, including clinics,  image guided biopsies, staging procedures for the axilla, stereotactic guided procedures, excision of small lesions in the breast with large volume vacuum device.

    Paediatrics - cross sectional imaging, US and Fluoroscopic procedures. Cross sectional imaging includes both CT and MRI, lead for the paediatric oncology

  • Directorate

    Radiology

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Name of Secretary
    Claire Reid

Dr Carol Ellen HolmesConsultant Radiologist

Bristow, Dr GarryConsultant Radiologist

  • Consultant Radiologist
  • Tel: Breast Screening Unit - 0191 282 0202
  • GMC Code: 6039615
  • Qualifications: BSc PhD BM MRCS FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Breast Radiology

  • Directorate
  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Garry Bristow 

Dr Nerys ForesterConsultant Breast Radiologist

  • Consultant Breast Radiologist
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 4431981
  • Qualifications: BA BM BCh PhD FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Breast Screening, Breast Cancer, Percutaneous (non-surgical) management of breast disease.

  • Biography

    Originally from Sunderland, I read Physiology and Clinical Medicine at New College, Oxford. I completed surgical training in Yorkshire and completed a PhD in immunology. I trained in clinical radiology in Leeds, and became a Consultant Breast Radiologist in Newcastle in 2011.

    I perform all aspects of breast radiology, however, my specialist interest is the use of percutaneous biopsy techniques in the diagnosis and management of breast disease. I maintain an interest in general ultrasound and ultrasound-guided intervention. I have an active research interest and completed a Diploma in Health Research Methods in 2011. Outside work I enjoy running, and spend the rest of my time with my family (mostly running after my children).

  • Directorate

    Radiology

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Symptomatic breast clinics, Breast assessment clinics for National Breast Screening Programme.

  • Nerys Forester 

Mammographers

Mammographer is a generic term used to describe a practitioner who is qualified to undertake screening mammography.

A mammographer can be:

Radiographers

Radiographers are at the heart of modern medicine. They employ a range of different imaging techniques using sophisticated equipment to produce high quality images of disease.

All radiographers in the Breast Screening Unit hold a degree in radiography (or equivalent), and a post-graduate certificate in mammography: they are all highly skilled and specialised. All radiographers in the Newcastle screening programme are registered with the Health Professions Council.

Assistant Practitioners

Assistant Practitioners (APs) are part of the team who have a range of skills. Like radiographers, they employ imaging techniques using sophisticated equipment to produce high quality screening mammograms.

All APs in the Breast Screening Unit have undertaken a certificate of higher education in mammography and work under the indirect supervision of a radiographer.

The Breast Care Nurses

We also have Breast Care Nurses who help patients with all aspects of breast disease, screening and treatment. You can find out more information about our Breast Care Nursing Service.

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