Breast screening locations and local breast screening services
The majority of breast screening takes place in specially designed mobile units that move around Northern Ireland. The units offer women the opportunity to be screened close to where they live.
Coronavirus: restoration and recovery of the Breast Cancer Screening Programme
Routine breast cancer screening was temporarily paused from the second week in March 2020.
This was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health has now called for the phased restoration of all paused screening programmes. This has begun and routine breast cancer screening restarted from 20 July 2020.
The four month pause to date has resulted in a backlog of women awaiting screening. In addition, the screening programme will not be able to screen the same number of women as it did before the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is due to the need for social distancing and appropriate infection control measures. It will therefore take many months to get the programme up and running at normal levels again.
Breast screening units
The unit you are invited to attend for screening is based on the address of the GP practice you are registered with. For details of where screening is now taking place see below.
There are four breast screening units in Northern Ireland.
Eastern Breast Screening Unit
This unit is in Linenhall Street, Belfast and provides screening for women in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The Eastern unit also provides a service to women in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Area.
Northern Breast Screening Unit
This unit is based in Antrim Area Hospital and provides screening for women in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust Area.
Southern Breast Screening Unit
This unit is based in Craigavon Area Hospital and provides screening for women living in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Area.
Western Breast Screening Unit
This unit is based at Altnagelvin Hospital and provides screening for women in the Western Health and Social Care Trust Area.
Screening now taking place
To find out about screening currently taking place in your area, see information for the Health and Social Care Trusts:
- Belfast Social Care Trusts
- Northern Health and Social Care Trust
- Southern Health and Social Care Trust
- South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
- Western Health and Social Care Trust
You can also use the link below to contact the relevant Health and Social Care Trust.
Attending a screening appointment
Women aged 50 to 70 who are registered with a GP will be invited to attend an appointment every three years. If your appointment date, time and/or location don’t suit, you can request a new appointment by contacting the screening unit.
Breast screening is by appointment only. The screening programme doesn't operate on a walk-in basis.
If you're over 70 you'll stop receiving screening invitations.
You can still have screening once you are over 70 if you want to. You can arrange an appointment by contacting your local screening unit. See information on location of units above.