Please note: From June 2016, a new national database is to be introduced that may affect the timescale and location of your routine breast screening appointment. This may mean that your routine appointment could be earlier or later during the initial rollout. It may also be at a different screening venue, which you can change if it is not convenient. If you have any queries regarding this please contact Gateshead Breast Screening Programme on 0191 445 2554.
The Gateshead Breast Screening Unit is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It covers Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Chester-le-Street.
We screen women in our main breast unit at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and our units at Blaydon, Sunderland and Cleadon Park. We also screen in mobile units at; Jarrow, Durham and Chester-le-Street. Click here for all of our screening locations.
A video walk through is available for each site. This will give an opportunity to virtually walk the journey from the entrance of each site to reception, the interview room and into the mammography room. Click here to view these videos.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the UK with more than 50,000 diagnoses a year. It is important to find breast cancer early. We know that the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome is likely to be for you. If you are concerned about your breasts then you should contact your GP immediately. Do not wait for a breast screening appointment. The Gateshead Breast Screening Unit is part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme. The unit offers breast screening to women from age 50-70.
In response to the debate about the effectiveness of breast screening an independent review of breast screening took place with the results published in 2012. The Independent Breast Screening Review panel concluded that screening reduces breast cancer deaths. The full report is available to download here.