Public Health England with the support of NHS Digital is writing to all women who have been
affected by this incident. All women registered with a GP will receive a letter
by the end of May outlining how they can access the helpline and take up the
screening offer if they wish. More than 206,000 women will receive a letter
telling them about the issues.
The letter will tell women who had not reached their 72nd birthday by 1/4/2018
that they will be sent a catch-up invitation for a screen by their Breast
Screening Service. Women who were between 72 and 79 years on 1/4/2018
will be given information and offered the chance to make a self- referral via
the dedicated helpline.
All women affected who would like to take up the invitation for a screen will be
offered an appointment by the end of October 2018.
NHS Choices will have specific information for women affected by this
incident. Information, including on the potential benefits and harms of breast
screening for women in this age group, is available to support their choice of
whether or not to take up the offer of a re-screen.
Public Health England has put in place a helpline for women who want further information and
for women who have cancer. The Helpline telephone number is 0800 169 2692