National Screening Services

Breast Screening

Breast screening is a procedure called Mammography. This involves taking two x-rays of each breast. In Sheffield, this is based at the Breast Screening Department at the Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2JF.

If you receive benefits and park at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital when attending for breast screening, you are able to claim back the cost of parking. Please ask at the hospital reception when you attend for more details.

You’ll automatically get your first invite for breast screening between the ages of 50 and 53. Then you’ll be invited every 3 years until you turn 71. If you’re a trans man, trans woman or are non-binary you may be invited automatically, or you may need to talk to your GP surgery or call the local breast screening service to ask for an appointment.

If you want to find out more information about what happens during a breast screening appointment, watch the video below or follow the link.

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Cervical Screening

Cervical screening (a smear test) is a test to check the health of the cervix and help prevent cervical cancer. It’s offered to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64. Your smear test would typically take place at your GP practice although we do offer appointments in the evening and weekend at our local hubs.

For more information please watch the below clip or follow this link for the information leaflet.

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Bowel Screening

Bowel screening is a test to help prevent bowel cancer by finding and removing any small growths, called polyps, in the bowel. You use a home test kit, called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood. If the test finds anything unusual, you might be asked to go to hospital to have further tests to confirm or rule out cancer.

Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age, even if you have recently completed a NHS bowel cancer screening test kit – do not wait to have a screening test.

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AAA Screening

In England, screening for AAA is offered to men during the year they turn 65. Screening for AAA involves a quick and painless ultrasound scan of your tummy. This is similar to the scan pregnant women have to check on their baby. When you arrive for your appointment, a screening technician will check your details, explain the scan and ask if you have any questions.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there’s a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your tummy. This bulge or swelling is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. It can be serious if it’s not spotted early on because it could get bigger and eventually burst (rupture).

If you’re a man over 65 and have not been screened before, you can ask for a test by contacting your local AAA screening service directly.

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Diabetic Eye Screening

Diabetic eye screening is a test to check for eye problems caused by diabetes. If you have diabetes and you’re aged 12 or over, you’ll get a letter asking you to have your eyes checked every 1 or 2 years. How often you’re invited depends on the results from your last 2 screening tests.

What happens during the test:

1. You’ll be asked to read some letters on a chart first.
2. Drops are then put in your eyes. These may sting for a few seconds. The drops make your sight blurry after about 15 minutes.
3. When the drops start working, you’ll be asked to look into a camera. The camera will not touch your eyes.
4. Pictures are taken of the back of your eyes. There will be a bright flash when a picture is taken.
Your appointment will usually last about 30 minutes.

If you have not been contacted for your diabetic eye screening then you can contact the service directly – search for your eye screening service to find contact details.

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