COVID-19 and Breast screening
BreastScreen Aotearoa has restarted routine screening but with important safeguards in place to ensure participants and staff are kept safe.
If you missed or are due an appointment
Appointments are being scheduled initially for people who missed out while the programme was paused, as well as for priority groups.
If you are due for your mammogram, you can expect to be contacted by your screening provider to book you in. This may take a little longer than normal as we catch up on appointments that accumulated during the suspension of our services. We thank you for your patience. In the meantime, if you are concerned about any breast symptoms please contact your GP.
If you have turned 45 during the COVID-19 response and have been holding off registering. We encourage you to do this now at https://www.timetoscreen.nz/breast-screening/sign-up/
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions that could put you at greater risk if you were to contract COVID-19, it is important that you talk to your screening provider so a decision to screen, or not, can be made on a case by case basis.
If you require further assessment, tests or outpatient appointments. BreastScreen Aotearoa is providing assessment services for women who have been recalled following the results of their screening mammogram. If you have been recalled but are unsure about the appointment time and location please call your local BreastScreen provider.
If you are unwell
Your provider will ask you questions to check for any potential COVID-19 symptoms prior to your appointment. This is to ensure we keep our staff and fellow participants safe. If you have symptoms, that could indicate you have COVID-19, then please do not attend your appointment. Instead, please call the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline number on 0800 358 5453.
For your safety and theirs, health staff may be taking additional precautions, including keeping their distance as much as possible.
If you are worried about attending your appointment because of child care, travel, COVID or other concerns, it’s important to discuss these with your provider. We would rather help you find a solution then risk you missing your next mammogram.
If you are worried because your mammogram has been delayed. BreastScreen Aotearoa aims to find cancers early, before women become symptomatic. For most women, a delay to regular screening mammograms is unlikely to impact the long term health outcomes. If you are concerned about a delay in your mammogram, contact your local BreastScreen provider. Or, if you are concerned about any breast symptoms, please contact your GP.