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Breast Screening Programme

Covid-19 update

Coronavirus has had a major impact on the NHS, including breast screening. As a result you may have waited longer than normal for your appointment and we would like to apologise for this. Breast screening restarted on 20 July 2020 and the programme is currently fulfilling appointments for the backlog of women who need screened.

Women aged over 70 who are due for breast screening can now self-refer. This will be kept under review.

What the service does
How to access the service
Location of service
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What the service does

The regional Breast Screening Programme offers breast screening every three years to women aged between 50 and 70. Breast screening is for women who have no clear signs or symptoms of breast cancer.

At your breast screening appointment, we take a mammogram (x-ray) of your breast and check it for signs of cancer. You should get your screening result within two or three weeks. The earlier we detect breast cancer, the better your chances of successful treatment.

You can view our current breast screening timetable here.

You should contact the breast screening unit on your appointment letter if:

  • your appointment time is unsuitable – we can reschedule
  • your appointment location is unsuitable – we can reschedule
  • you have had a mammogram in the past six months
  • you have breast implants
  • you have a disability, difficulty with stairs or are a wheelchair user – we will allocate a longer time slot
  • you need an interpreter
  •  you are currently being treated for breast cancer and/or having annual mammograms

You should also remember to check your breasts regularly for any changes as cancer can develop at any time between screening appointments.

How to access the service

The regional Breast Screening Programme invites all women aged between 50 and 70 and registered with a GP in Northern Ireland for breast screening every three years.

All women will receive their first invitation by their 53rd birthday. Your invitation will arrive approximately three weeks before your appointment date.

Women over the age of 70 are not automatically invited for screening. However, they are encouraged to contact their breast screening unit every three years to make an appointment.

Location of service and contact details

Breast Screening Unit, Linenhall StreetBreast Screening Unit

12–22 Linenhall Street

Tel: 028 9033 3700
Email: BreastScreeningLHST@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Mobile screening units

There is also a mobile unit. The location of this unit varies at different times to enable us to provide Breast Screening in the following areas

  • Bangor
  • Downpatrick
  • Lisburn
  • Newcastle
  • Newtownards

You can read more about mobile breast screening units here.

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