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PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO BOOK APPOINTMENTS MORE THAN 6 WEEKS IN ADVANCE

This appointment request form is ONLY for:

a) Women who have received a NHS Breast Screening Programme appointment and need to change the time, date or location. 

b) Women who have missed an NHS Breast Screening appointment and would like to request a new appointment. 

c) Women aged 73 or over who would like to request an appointment.

IMPORTANT: Women under the age of 47 will not be sent a appointment if they submit this request form. If you are concerned about any breast symptoms please make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible and your GP will refer you to the appropriate clinic if necessary.

 

Please note that whilst we try to offer a wide range of dates and times we do not screen on every day at each location. We will try to book you an appointment as near as possible to the dates and times requeste

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Symptoms

The National Breast Screening Programme is a population screening programme for well women and it is not aimed at women who already have symptoms. If you have a breast symptom or are concerned about your breasts, you should contact your GP practice without delay. He or she will decide whether you need any tests or investigations. A mammogram will pick up most, but not all, breast problems and is one of a range of tests that may be required for women with breast symptoms.
If you would like more information about breast symptoms you may find it helpful to visit the Breast Cancer Care website.

Results

Your mammograms are reviewed and the results will be sent to you within two weeks. Your GP will also be notified of your results.

There are 3 possible results

1. Normal

Your x-rays have shown no signs of cancer and you will be invited again in 3 years time for your next routine screen. If you are over 70 and do not receive a further invite please contact us to make one.

2. Technical Repeat

The mammogram needs to be repeated for technical reasons only. Occasionally not all of the breast tissue can be seen on the xrays or the pictures may be blurred. The mammogram is repeated to ensure all the breast tissue can be clearly seen. Approximately 3 out of every 100 women screened will be called back for a technical repeat to get a good quality mammogram. You will be invited to attend the screening unit at either Warrington Hospital or St Helens Hospital so your repeated x-rays can be checked for technical quality before you leave.

3. Assessment

Sometimes we need more detail about an area we have seen on your mammogram before we can decide on a result. If this is the case you will receive an appointment to attend our assessment clinic at either Warrington Hospital or St Helens Hospital. This additional appointment is part of routine screening and for most women invited back nothing of concern will be found. Approximately 5 out of 100 women who have breast screening will be asked to come back to our clinic for a further examination. 4 of these 5 women will be found to have a normal result. Any women invited to an assessment clinic will be able to speak to a breast care nurse if they want more information before attending.

If you would like to bring somebody with you, then please feel free to do so. However, there is only a limited amount of space in the waiting area.