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Breast Screening van arrives at Braid Valley Hospital Ballymena

The Northern Trust’s state of the art Digital Mobile Breast Screening Unit has now arrived at the Braid Valley Hospital in Ballymena. Women in the area aged between 50 - 70 years old will be invited to attend.

The Northern Trust operate two of these mobile units that allow mammograms to be viewed instantly by the radiographer, this helps reduce the number of women who need to be recalled for technical reasons.

The digital unit also permits women with breast implants to be screened at their nearest mobile location.

Throughout the challenges of the last year the health service has continued to provide breast screening services for women across the province.

Social distancing and infection control measures have been put in place to maximise safety at your screening appointment.

If you choose not to attend your appointment please contact the Breast Screening Unit at Antrim Area Hospital so your appointment can be made available to someone else.

T: 028 9442 4425 or

E: breast.screening@northerntrust.hscni.net.

Breast Screening saves about one life from breast cancer for every 200 women who are screened. This adds up to approximately 1,300 lives saved from breast cancer each year in the UK.

In Northern Ireland all women aged 50-70 years, who are registered with a GP, are automatically invited for breast screening once every three years. The Breast Screening Programme is a rolling programme where all women should receive their first appointment between their 50th and 53rd birthday.

Eligible women within the Northern Trust area will be sent an invitation to attend a Mobile Unit for breast screening in one of the five locations listed below:

• Antrim Area Hospital • Braid Valley Hospital • Larne Health Centre • Whiteabbey Hospital • Mid-Ulster Hospital

Please contact the Breast Screening Centre at Antrim Area Hospital if:

  • you have a physical disability or have difficulty climbing steps and we can arrange a longer appointment time for you. The mobile units have a lift system which will enable women who have difficulty with stairs or are wheelchairs users to attend for screening.

  • you have had a mammogram within the last 6 months, are pregnant or breastfeeding, as you may be advised to delay breast screening.

  • you are the carer of a woman with special needs who has been invited for screening

  • you require an interpreter

If you are over 70 you can make your own self-referral appointment every three years. All you need to do is contact the Breast Screening Unit by:

T: 028 9442 4425 or

E: Breast.Screening@northerntrust.hscni.net.

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 to a symptomatic breast clinic at Antrim Hospital if required.