Local Groups


About our group:

Our support meetings in Bristol are informal, relaxed and open to those who wish to gain more information about breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

There is the opportunity to meet and talk with other women who are considering, undergoing or post-reconstruction. Family and friends are very welcome, plus there are always refreshments and often a speaker and a raffle.

Meetings are also usually held in Cheltenham on Saturday mornings if this is more convenient for you.

Where we meet:

Macmillan Wellbeing Centre,
Beaufort House, Southmead Hospital,
Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol, BS10 5NB

(Unless stated otherwise)

Doors open: 7pm
Meeting: 7.30 to 9pm

2020 meeting dates:

**CANCELLED** Please note that, due to the current Coronavirus situation, our actual Support Group meetings have currently been cancelled until September. However, you can still contact us via email at: [email protected], via Facebook at: Keeping Abreast – South West Support Groups and via our Central Services office on 01603 819113.

Wednesday 8th July  **CANCELLED** – please see the message above.

Wednesday 9th September  – Speaker: to be confirmed

October – date to be confirmed – BRA event

Wednesday 25th November – Speaker: to be confirmed

In addition, we are also pleased to announce a new bra fitting service for pre- and post-surgery mastectomy and breast reconstruction ladies.

Jackie Poole, Breast Care Fitting Specialist, from Nicola Jane Lingerie, will be available in the Apple Room in the Macmillan Centre at Southmead Hospital Bristol twice a month on a Friday afternoon. Appointments on the dates below are limited, so please call 07919 280144 or email [email protected] to book an appointment. The appointment will be between 45 minutes to an hour long so ladies can try on a variety of bras to see which suits them.

Other interesting events at North Bristol NHS Trust that you may be interested in:-

Want to help?

As a small group we are on the look-out for a number of volunteers to join us to help run the group so we can offer support to more women considering and undergoing breast cancer.  Ideally we are looking for some previous reconstruction patients who would be willing to talk to others about their journey, and also some individuals to help with the administrative side of things. If you might be interested, please contact the Keeping Abreast Head Office on the contact number or email address above.

Alternatively, you can send us a message via our Volunteers Page here

Get in touch:

Co Chairperson: Tina Robinson and Sue Stokes
Email: [email protected]

Breast Reconstruction Nurse: Caroline Oates
Phone: 01174 148700
Email: [email protected]

Don’t forget, to keep up-to-date with what we are doing, including our upcoming support groups, you can follow the Keeping Abreast South West Groups on Facebook here.

To follow the Keeping Abreast charity page visit: www.facebook.com/keepingabreastbreastreconstruction


Amoena Balance Shapers

For perfect breast symmetry and restored confidence while you’re waiting for reconstructive surgery, Amoena offers a range of soft, life-like partial shapers that can be worn in the cup of your bra. Partial shapers can also help balance your figure after surgery, for an ideal outline in clothing every day.

The right bra can make all the difference to the way your breast form fits, and can also help with symmetry and comfort after surgery. Amoena offers a range of beautiful lingerie to give you all the support and performance you need – now and later – in a gorgeous range of fabrics, colours and styles.

Free fitting appointments are available at the Macmillan Centre, Southmead Hospital every Monday.  For further information or to arrange an appointment, please contact Caroline Oates or Lewis on 0117 41 48700.

View the full Amoena collection at www.amoena.co.uk

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Nick of Time:

As well as supporting women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and looking to have an immediate or delayed reconstruction, Keeping Abreast also supports those women looking to have elective reconstruction surgery due to the discovery of a breast cancer gene.

This support is provided by our sister group ‘Nick of Time’. It is likely that there will be elective surgery patients at your local group, but if you would like specific information or further details please contact Nick of Time.


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