Who we screen and when

The Bolton, Bury and Rochdale Breast Screening Programme covers a population of approximately 103,000 women aged between 47 – 73 and invites over 34,000 women per year for screening.

For the last three years, we have been taking part in the national initiative to provide breast screening to women 47-50 and 70-73 so that a proportion of ladies in these age groups will be called for screening.

Screening is organised according to your GP practice. Once every three years your GP practice will be contacted and all women between the ages of 50 and 70 will be routinely invited.


Women aged 50 – 71

Every woman registered with a GP will receive an invitation to attend for a mammogram at her local breast screening unit sometime between her 50th and 53rd birthday. She will then be invited every three years until her 71st birthday.

Not every woman will receive an appointment as soon as she is 50. You will receive your first appointment before your 53rd birthday and therefore there is no need to contact us for an appointment.

If it has been over three years since your last breast screening appointment then please contact us.


Women over 71

Women over 71 can self-refer for routine screening by contacting the Breast Screening Unit for an appointment.


If you have any breast symptoms (such as a lump or nipple discharge) it is important that you see your GP without delay, even if you are due to have a screening mammogram shortly.

Please note that for 47-71 year olds screening is strictly by invitation only.

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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