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Breast Screening is when we look at what is happening in women's breasts so we can check for diseases and cancer.

This page gives you information about our breast screening service and links on the left to more information.

COVID-19 update

The Breast Screening Service has now resumed after it was temporarily suspended due to the impact of COVID-19.

Any women who had an appointment cancelled will be sent a letter to rebook a suitable appointment.

Due to social distancing requirements, the majority of patients will be expected to attend their appointments unaccompanied. However, if you do require a companion for your appointment, you will be invited to a special clinic at Broadgreen Hospital which will accommodate this. 

The waiting room at the Broadgreen Hospital site will be for patients only and the mobile sites will be operating a strict one in - one out system. To facilitate this, patients attending a mobile unit will be asked to wait outside until they are called in by a member of staff.

On arrival for a screening appointment, all patients will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided and any patient without a face covering will be provided with a face mask.

Understandably it may take us a little while to see everyone who is now due for their screening appointment, and we will endeavour to prioritise those women who have been previously cancelled. We will be inviting all GP practices in their usual order as soon as we have the capacity to safely do so.

If you have any questions regarding breast screening, please contact us on 0151 282 6920/6921.



The Liverpool Breast Screening Service

Providing a service for the women of Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley

Breast Screening by Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. At least two pictures will be taken of each breast. Mammograms only take a few minutes to complete.

Any x-ray involves radiation, but mammograms only require a very low dose. It is about the same as the dose a person receives by flying from London to Australia and back. The risk that such a low dose could cause a cancer is far outweighed by the benefits of early detection of breast cancer. The radiation dose delivered by breast screening x-rays is continually monitored to ensure that it remains as low as possible while still providing a good quality image.

For a discussion of radiation doses in the NHS Breast Screening Programme, see the following reference: The British Journal of Radiology, 78 (2005), 207*218.

Introduction to the breast screening unit at Broadgreen

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How to contact us

  • Breast Outpatients RLH     Tel: 0151 706 2920
  • Screening enquiries          Tel: 0151 282 6920
  • Breast Ward (9Y) at RLH   Tel: 0151 706 2496