Breast Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th June 2022.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of NHS England’s Breast Screening Units offer (a) walk-in or (b) same day booking screening appointments for women who are eligible to undergo routine mammogram screening every 3 years.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The NHS Breast Screening Programme does not routinely offer breast screening appointments as either walk-in or same day appointments. The service operates most effectively by ensuring each woman receives an invitation to the appropriate screening unit at the correct time, supporting the maximum use of capacity and allocation of screening slots.

Invitation letters for breast screening request that individuals either book a screening appointment by phone, email or online. Venues for National Health Service breast screening appointments are located either at dedicated breast screening clinics often within a hospital or a mobile breast screening unit.

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