Dr Diana Dalgliesh is an Associate Specialist working exclusively in diagnostic breast radiology and breast screening. Prior to this she was a GP with a special interest in women's health. During this time she worked in the breast clinic at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
In 2002 she made the decision to leave general practice in order to dedicate her career to breast radiology and to establish a family history breast cancer service at the RUH in Bath. It is a role she continues to this day.
Diana grew up in South Africa and completed her medical degree at the University of Cape Town/ Groote Schuur Hospital in 1989. Following completion of a number of junior and senior house-officer posts in South Africa, she was fortunate enough to be able to gain further work experience in Paris, France for 18 months. She moved and settled in the UK in 1995.
Diana’s training in breast specific radiology was based on practical work experience in the Breast Clinic at the RUH and the Avon Breast Screening Centre. This was consolidated with course work at St George's Hospital/ Kingston University (Certificate in Breast Evaluation). The course included both diagnostic breast imaging as well as familial breast cancer modules.
Her everyday working practice in breast disease requires clinical skills in examination and diagnostic techniques as well as the strong interpersonal and communication skills that she acquired as a GP. This background in general practice has, in addition, provided a firm grounding in a broad range of medical conditions, invaluable in the day to day care of her patients.
She is a core member of the multi-disciplinary breast team at the RUH in Bath, offering advice about breast imaging as well as family history issues.
Diana likes to maintain a good work-life balance by participating in various activities and clubs in the local community. A talented linguist, she is fluent in English, French and Afrikaans.
She enjoys running, gardening and reading, and her family - her husband and 2 teenage children.
Current NHS or research position
Associate Specialist Breast Clinician
Year of first medical qualification
Special clinical interests
1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, approximately 20% of whom will be under the age of 50 years. As a consequence breast cancer attracts a high level of media attention and there are numerous well supported breast cancer charities aimed at raising women's awareness of the disease.
Breast Check would like to offer you advice about your breast concerns, irrespective of your age, even if you do not have any breast symptoms. This might include advice about:
Dietary, hormonal, and other lifestyle issues
Your personal risk factors and putting these into perspective
Guidance on how to keep a check on your breasts and breast self-examination.
Breast Check may also include :
Mammogram if appropriate
Ultrasound if appropriate
We will offer you information leaflets and the contact details of our Breast Care Nurse for any future queries or concerns.
There will be dedicated clinics for those with a family history of breast cancer.
The service is provided by a female doctor who is a specialist in breast imaging and leads the family history breast clinic at the local hospital in Bath.
If any problems are identified during your breast check that may require further evaluation, there is a dedicated breast surgeon who can assess you further on site.
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies
General Medical Council
British Society of Breast Radiology
Association of Breast Clinicians