What we do

Provide Breast Imaging for both the National Breast Screening Programme  and the Symptomatic Breast Service

Breast Screening

The East Lancashire Breast Screening Service is part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme providing free breast screening every three years for all women within the eligible age range. We aim to provide an efficient and high quality breast screening service to all the eligible women within our region whilst maintaining a high standard of quality of care. The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the Quality Assurance Reference Centre (QARC), also ensuring rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.

Currently our programme invites more than 89,000 women from East Lancashire during a three year period for breast screening. To enable women to be screened closer to home, breast screening is carried out at a number of sites across the region either within our mobile unit or in the base unit at Burnley General Hospital.

The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before the woman is aware of any problem. Early detection may often mean simpler and more successful treatment.

Symptomatic Breast Service

Provide a wide range of breast imaging and interventions for both men and women referred from their GP to the One Stop Breast Clinic with breast symptoms or concerns. All patients are offered an appointment within 2 weeks of GP referral they will see a breast specialist and any breast imaging required will be done on the same day.  Clinics run every weekday morning except bank holidays

How to access the service

Breast Screening

Women from GP practices are invited for breast screening on a 3 yearly rolling programme.  When a GP Practice is due to be screened eligible women registered with the practice will automatically receive an invitation letter.


Symptomatic Breast Service

Both men and women are referred by an ELHT breast specialist working in the One Stop or Review breast clinic

Where to find us

Breast Screening

Takes place at our base at Burnley general Hospital or on our mobile van which visits site at, Clitheroe, Haslingdon, Rawtenstall, Waterfoot, Padiham. Burnley, Blackburn, Longridge, Accrington, Darwen & Barnoldswick

Symptomatic Breast Service

Breast Imaging Department, Edith Watson Building,  Area 3 Level 3, Burnley General Hospital, Casterton Ave, Burnley BB10 2PQ

Service Lead

Liz Read – Breast Imaging Manager

Key staff and contacts

Breast Screening

Appointments – 01282 805301/2/3


Symptomatic Breast Service

Appointments – 01282 805305


Breast Care Nurses - 01282 804779

Opening times

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm 

Mobile breast screening location timetable

Useful Information

We have information leaflets in many different languages for non-english speaking women.

Women who have breast Implants can still have a mammogram but the radiographer needs to be inform beforehand.

We advise that women refrain from using talcum powder, deodorant or body lotion prior to the appointment.