Screening appointments

We have a range of appointment dates and times. We try to invite you to a screening unit that is near to your GP practice but we appreciate that this may not always be convenient. When you receive your invitation letter you will see that we have already allocated you a specific screening location, appointment date and time. There is also a questionnaire on the back of the invitation letter which we would like you to complete and a map of the specific screening location you have been invited to.

At your screening appointment a female mammographer will explain breast screening to you and ask you a few questions. She will then take the X-ray by compressing your breasts, one at a time, between two special plates. The compression only lasts a few seconds and there is no evidence that this harms the breast. Compression is needed in order to get the clearest picture with the lowest amount of radiation.

Some women find mammography uncomfortable, and those with very sensitive breasts may find it slightly painful. If you do experience pain it usually only lasts as long as the mammogram, although in a small number of women it may continue for longer.

Please do not use talcum powder or spray-on deodorant on the day you go for breast screening as this may affect the quality of your mammogram.

If you need the help of a translator please bring a female friend or family member or alternatively discuss booking an interpreter with your GP.

If you have attended any unit for breast screening within the last six months and you receive an appointment letter inviting you to attend for another routine screening appointment then please contact us on tel: 01204 390454. It may not be suitable for you to have another mammogram on the date allocated so our mammographers will need to check your information first.

Visitor restrictions

To protect you and our staff during the current outbreak of Covid-19 we’ve put in place significant restrictions on hospital visitors.

Full details of these can be found on our website.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and helping us stop the spread of Covid-19.

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