National Breast Screening Programme

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE) have highlighted an issue with the NHS Breast Screening Programme, which has led to some women not being invited for their final screen between their 68th and 71st birthday. A number of IT improvements and changes to processes have now been made to the screening invitation system and the issue has now been fixed.

Those women who have missed their final screening invitation will receive a letter informing them that they can have a catch up screen, and for some women, a catch up screen will be booked automatically. We advise that all those affected by this issue who receive a letter to call the national helpline on 0800 169 2692 about any concerns they have, including information about catch up screen appointments.

The Cornwall Breast Screening Programme team is already making plans to provide additional screening clinics. All women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment for this to take place before the end of October 2018.

If you are affected by this issue you will receive a letter before the end of May. If you are worried about your breast screening appointment please call the national free helpline on: 0800 169 2692. Further information is also available on the NHS Choices website –

Added on May 8, 2018, in Alerts - General News