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Coronavirus: Stay at home

Health information and advice to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Breast screening and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Breast screening is paused until further notice. It will begin again when it is safe to do so.

This is due to the:

  • Government's advice to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus
  • redeployment of staff and resources to support the response to coronavirus

It means we will be pausing sending new breast screening invitations. Planned clinics are also cancelled.

Your health, wellbeing and safety is our top priority in making this decision..

We will update this webpage when we are able to offer breast screening again. If you would like to contact us, Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

Contact BreastCheck

If you have been recently screened

We are continuing to:

  • review mammograms that have been taken
  • invite women to an assessment clinic if needed

This is to ensure care continues if you have been screened.


We will phone you a few days before your appointment.

But appointments may only go ahead if:

  • we have staff available
  • staff in hospitals have availability to see you

If you have symptoms - phone your GP

Contact your GP without delay if you have any symptoms of breast cancer. Never ignore symptoms.

Symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • a lump in either breast
  • discharge from either of your nipples (which may be streaked with blood)
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

Coronavirus symptoms

If you have a new continuous cough and a high temperature, please follow the self-isolation guidance.

Symptoms of coronavirus

page last reviewed: 30/03/2020
next review due: 30/03/2023