Breast Screening

We are sorry to announce that because of the current pandemic, the breast screening service is closed until further notice.

 

If you have an appointment, our staff have been trying to contact you to cancel it for now.  We will contact you through the post when we are able to open our clinics again.

 

If you have any concerns about your breast health, please contact your GP.

 

Our phone number is 01603 287777 if you need to speak to us. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

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What is breast screening?

The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme invites all women registered with a GP who are aged 50 – 70 for examination to detect breast cancers.

The first step of breast screening is a mammogram, which will be performed by a female radiographer or practitioner. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may show cancers which are too small for you or your doctor to feel.

When will I be screened?

If you are aged 50 – 70 and registered with a GP surgery, you will automatically receive an invitation for breast screening every 3 years.

If you are over 70 years old, you are most welcome to continue to attend but you will need to make your own appointment by phoning 01603 287777.

I have just received my invitation letter. Now what happens?

Please read your invitation letter carefully. It contains information on when and where your appointment is. It also gives important instructions regarding your mammogram.

If you have a physical or learning disability, please phone the screening unit on 01603 287777 or write to the address shown on the invitation letter. A special appointment will be arranged at one of the screening units at either Norwich Community hospital or Cromer hospital. There is wheelchair access at these sites, and we can arrange for a supporter to come with you if you wish. More time can also be allowed than is possible on a mobile screening unit.

Please also contact the screening unit if you have breast implants. You can still have a mammogram and your appointment may not need to be changed. It is simply easier if staff are aware ahead of time.

If you are unable to contact us by phone, you can email us
nnu-tr.norwichbreastscreening@nhs.net

For your screening appointment, we kindly ask all women not to wear SPRAY deodorant, talc powder or moisturiser on your breasts and under your arms.  Thank you.

Where will I be screened?

Please click here for more information on breast screening locations.

I have just received my invitation for breast screening. What should I expect?

Please click here for more information on what to expect when you attend your appointment.

More information about breast screening with breast implants

Please click here for information about Breast Implants and Screening.

You can also visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/breast-screening-breast-implant-guidelines/breast-implants-and-breast-screening for more information on breast screening with breast implants.

When will I get my results?

You should receive your results to your home address within 2-3 weeks.

The mammogram will be read by two qualified film readers.

You may need to be recalled to the second stage of breast screening if an area of concern is found on your first mammograms. If this is necessary, you will receive a letter with another appointment to the assessment clinic.   For more information on the assessment clinic appointment, please click here.

 

Please be aware that if you are recalled, it may not mean you have breast cancer.

 

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number: 01603 287777
Email: nnu-tr.norwichbreastscreening@nhs.net

Based at the Norwich Community Hospital, Norwich