Screening appointments

We have a range of appointment dates and times.  You will receive a letter informing you that your three-yearly breast screening is now due and to contact the Bolton Breast Screening Unit to make an appointment.

Once this appointment has been made, if you would like to change it, please contact us to discuss rearranging your appointment to a more suitable date.

Women with a Learning Disability will receive a letter with an allocated appointment date and time. If you are unable to attend at this time, please contact us to discuss rearranging your appointment to a more suitable date.

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 invitation letter to attend for another routine screening appointment, please contact us on 01204 390454. It may not be suitable for you to have another mammogram until we have checked your information first.