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Breast unit department

The Breast unit offers the Cambridge and Huntingdon breast screening service as well as providing referral clinics for patients with breast symptoms including multiple radiological assessment as part of the appointment. The rapid diagnosis clinic for both symptomatic and screening aims for same day assessment encompassing consultation with a clinician and if needed, imaging and further investigation.

Non-urgent advice: Covid-19 Update

Please do not attend your appointment if you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19 within 10 days.

Patients may now be accompanied by one adult if needed. Please be aware that the department has a maximum capacity for health and safety reasons – if this capacity is reached we may ask those accompanying patients to wait outside of the department.

Breast screening

Our free National Breast Screening Programme offers women a 3 yearly mammogram from the ages of 50-70 routinely performed on screening vans that cover the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdon areas.

Breast screening appointments can be made following an invitation letter on which clients are asked to telephone to arrange a date and time for routine appointments.

You can find more information about our Breast screening service here.

Breast aware

If you are worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or an area of thickened tissue in a breast, don’t wait to be offered screening. Please see your GP in the first instance. They will advise if a referral is needed to one of our symptomatic clinics. Below is a link to provide guidance on being breast aware:

Be Breast Aware (opens in a new tab).


Referrals to the Cambridge Breast Unit can only be made through your general practitioner (GP).

Your GP will have full details of our referral policy, copies of which are available for GPs from the Cambridge Breast Unit or from our primary care liaison office.

For each condition, we have informed GPs of the Breast Unit’s policy on referral, and sent them information leaflets for their patients.

We also have published information for GPs to give to their patients who do not require referral to the Breast Unit.

High Risk Screening appointments are received via timed appointments following referral via the GP and the clinical genetics department.

We recognise that this is a particularly anxious time for you. You can be assured that your visit will be made as pleasant as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask any member of staff for information or assistance during your visit.

Attend Anywhere video consultation

Did you know your outpatient appointment for this service may now be done by video consultation using Attend Anywhere. This enables you to be able to attend your appointment from home, saving you time and money.

Find out more about outpatient video appointments

Patient information

Although many breast conditions will require referral to the Breast Unit, a number do not and can be managed satisfactorily in general practice.

Please click the following links to patient information leaflets that provide some guidance if you have breast concerns:

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