Local Review of Breast Screening Services within Public Health Wales

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales is the independent inspectorate and regulator of healthcare in Wales. As part of our role, we maintain an overview of each of the three NHS Trusts in Wales.

We have committed to undertaking work in each of the Trusts during 2019-20. Public Health Wales is one of the three Trusts and runs Breast Test Wales, which provides the NHS breast screening programme in Wales. Breast screening is routinely offered to all women living in Wales aged 50-70. 

The women who are invited for screening are asymptomatic (there are no symptoms) and only a very small number of women who are screened go on to receive a positive cancer diagnosis. Understandably, it can be an anxious time for women whilst waiting for screening results, so there should be a minimal wait to receive them.

We are undertaking a review to assess how Public Health Wales ensures the breast screening process is managed in a timely way for women who have an abnormal screening mammogram. We will consider the journey through screening services from the initial appointment for screening, up to where a decision is made regarding transfer onto a Health Board for treatment.

More information is included in the terms of reference below. We expect to publish the review in May 2020.

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