Breast Screening

We have now resumed screening and are writing to women who are due when capacity allows. You’ll receive a letter inviting you to contact us for an appointment. It is very important that if you receive a letter, to read the information included, which explains what we are doing to keep you and our staff safe.

Even if you do not want to make an appointment, please call us on 01603 287777 to let us know.

When will I be screened?

If you’re 50 – 70 and registered with a GP surgery, you will automatically receive an invitation for breast screening every three years.

If you are over 70-years-old, we are now able to make self-referral appointments again. However, these are currently only available the Norwich Community Hospital and Cromer Hospital. We are temporarily unable to make self-referral appointments on our mobile units due to capacity. We hope this to change once we are back on schedule. Do call the office for further information if required on 01603 287777.

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

Your invitation letter contains information on how to contact us to make your appointment. It also gives important instructions regarding your mammogram. Please contact us as soon as you receive the letter, especially if your appointment is usually on a screening van as the van may move on sooner than it would normally.

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. If you are unable to contact us by phone, you can email us. You can also read government guidelines on breast implants and breast screening.

For your screening appointment, don’t wear spray deodorant, talc powder or moisturiser on your breasts and under your arms.

Where will I be screened?

You will be called to a screening site dependant on the address of your GP surgery. Find your local screening site here.

What to expect

A visit to a breast screening usually takes about half an hour. 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. Find out more on what to expect.

When will I get my results?

You should receive your results to your home address within two to three weeks. 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.

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

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number: 01603 287777