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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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Why have I been invited back?

You have been invited back for further tests because your breast x-rays did not give us enough information and more detail is needed before we can decide on a result.

This recall appointment is part of routine screening and for most women invited back nothing of concern will be found.

Can I speak to someone for more information before I come?

If you would like specific information about the reason for your recall you may find it helpful to speak to one of our breast care nurses. The breast care nurse will have access to your records and will be able to give more personal information. Please feel free to contact us.

How many women are invited back?

About 5 out of every 100 women who have screening will be recalled for assessment. 4 out of 5 of these women will be found to have a normal result.

What happens when I arrive?

When you report to the receptionist she will check your details and ask you to take a seat in the waiting room.

One or more of the following tests may be performed:

Breast Examination: The doctor / practitioner will talk to you about your mammograms, will ask you some questions about your general health and will then examine your breasts.

Mammograms: It may be necessary for you to have another or different X-Ray taken.

Ultrasound: The doctor performs this – it is completely painless. Ultrasound is the same test pregnant women have to let them see a picture of their baby. It will show us a picture of your breasts. This will give the doctors different information from a mammogram.

Cytology: Sometimes the doctor may want to pass a fine needle into the breast to withdraw fluid from a cyst or take a sample of tissue.

Breast Biopsy: A small number of women may require a breast biopsy. This is the removal of a small piece of tissue for examination which can be done using an x-ray or ultrasound machine. Most women will NOT need a biopsy.

What about the result?

Most of these tests can be done during your visit and the doctor will usually be able to give you the results on the same day. If it has been necessary to carry out cytology or a biopsy, the sample is sent to the Pathology Lab for testing so it would be necessary to arrange a further appointment for you to come back for the result.

Remember

Most women who come to the Assessment Clinic will NOT be found to have anything seriously wrong. If everything is normal we will screen you again at the routine 3 year interval.