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Regional Breast Screening Programme back on track

25th September 2023

Breast Screening Unit

The Regional Breast Screening Programme is now back on target to ensure women aged 50-70 years of age receive a mammogram at least every 3 years.

A mammogram is a precautionary measure aimed at women who have no clear signs or symptoms of breast cancer. It is an effective way to catch breast cancer early, making a huge difference in the outcomes to the patient.

Director of Breast Screening, Dr Louise Bamford said, “Due to the Pandemic, there was a four month pause in screenings and the unit breached one of the key targets, which is for ladies to have a mammogram within 36 months of their previous mammogram.”

“Due to the hard work of our screening staff within the unit – involving evening and weekend clinics, additional clinics in Belfast City Hospital and the use of the independent sector – we are delighted to have recovered from this and are now back within the 36 month target.”

Belfast Trust has invested in the programme through the recruitment of additional radiography staff and Consultant Radiographers and new fully digital mammogram equipment also gives us a higher image quality meaning we can screen women faster than ever before.