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Breast Imaging

Breast Imaging

The Breast Imaging Department provides two main services. We provide imaging for women who have seen a consultant surgeon, this is known as our symptomatic service and we provide imaging for the National Breast Screening Programme.

We also operate the following:

  • Season Ticket Holders: Follow-up for women who have previously had breast cancer
  • Cyst Protocol: Follow-up for women who have a history of cysts
  • Private Breast Screening: For women who have no symptoms and would like additional screening extra to the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

For further information on any of our services please ring (01493) 452885.

Breast Screening Programme

The breast screening programme invites around 14000 women each year for a mammogram across Great Yarmouth and Waveney.  Breast screening is either on our mobile unit situated at various locations within the community or at the James Paget; details of the location of your screening will be on your appointment letter.

Women will first be invited for screening within the three years after their 50th birthday, although in some areas they will be invited from the age of 47 as part of the age extension trial. All women over 50 are entitled to Breast Screening every 3 years.

Women may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50, and/or at different screening intervals, if they have a very high risk of developing breast cancer.

Women who have mobility or learning difficulties may not find that the screening mobile is the most appropriate site for their mammogram. Please phone the department for advice as we may be able to provide a more tailor-made service at the James Paget.

Women who have implants need to phone the department to arrange for a longer appointment.

An assessment clinic is where we have called  a woman back from screening to obtain further information about their breasts.

For further information on Breast Screening please follow the links below:

'Information for patients attending Breast Imaging'

'Breast Imaging: Assessment Clinic'

'Mammogram easy read leaflet'

 

A 16-page leaflet, also available in large print, explains the NHS breast screening programme, to help eligible women make an informed choice about whether to participate -

 www.gov.uk/government/publications/breast-screening-helping-women-decide

 

Please use the link below to access an HTML version of the Breast Screening Invitation Leaflet. This is more suitable than the PDF version for changing the font size and on phones / tablets. It also enables you to use your favourite screen reader to get text to voice.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/breast-screening-helping-women-decide/nhs-breast-screening-helping-you-decide

 

Breast Symptomatic Service

We endeavour to offer a one-stop service whenever possible. This is based in the Broadland Suite. If the surgeon who has referred you feels that imaging is appropriate they will refer you to see us, usually, on the same day in the next door department.

This visit may only consist of a mammogram but some women benefit from seeing the Consultant Radiologist or Advanced Practitioner for an ultrasound examination and, if required, a biopsy of the breast.

For further information on Breast Imaging please follow the links to the left.

 

Routine breast screening during the Covid-19 pandemic

Routine Breast Screening (aged 50 to 71st birthday)

Since March 2020, NHS Breast Screening services have been affected by a range of clinical and operational impacts due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Local breast screening services took the decision to reschedule appointments and invitations for tests to a later date to protect patients from the virus and to redeploy staff to support coronavirus-related work. 

A reduction in screening capacity has been inevitable due to the requirements for personal protective equipment, enhanced infection control and social distancing to ensure that staff and clients stay safe. This, in conjunction with the pause in issuing invitations, has unfortunately resulted in a backlog of those who are due appointments. 

In order to fully reinstate routine breast screening services, a national decision has been taken, initially as an interim measure, to encourage providers to move to issuing open invitations for routine clients where possible, as opposed to the usual timed appointments. 

Open invitation letters are being sent to those women who are due a breast screening appointment, from the age of 50 to their 71st birthday. The letter will invite women to contact the breast screening office on 01493 452885 to book an appointment.

Self- Referral Service

We are following the national guidance which means we are unable to book any self-referral appointments to those ladies who are aged over 71. This situation is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. If you have any concerns about unusual changes to your breasts, please speak with your GP as soon as possible. They will be able to refer you for tests if necessary.