Who We Are
ScreenSouth Ltd (SSL) is a non-profit organisation that administers BreastScreen Aotearoa (the national breast screening programme) for the upper and lower South Island through BreastScreen South and BreastScreen Otago Southland.
ScreenSouth Ltd also provides regional programme coordination, health promotion and support for invitation and recall services for the National Cervical Screening Program for the Canterbury and South Canterbury regions.
What We Do
The national breast screening programme provides free, 2-yearly mammograms for women between the ages of 45 and 69 years (inclusive).
You must be eligible for public health services in New Zealand, and have no current breast symptoms.
A mammogram is an x-ray that takes images showing the inside of your breast.
The mammogram is performed by a radiographer who will work with you to position your breast on the plates of the mammogram machine. Once your breast is positioned the radiographer will bring the plates together to press your breasts firmly while they take the x-ray. You will be asked to stand very still while the x-rays are taken.
All our radiographers are women.
Your mammogram images are checked by at least two radiologists (specialist doctors), who look for any signs of breast cancer. Your mammogram images are not checked for other health problems, such as problems with breast implants.
If you notice any changes to your breasts please see your GP straight away as these may need to be investigated.
Where We Service
ScreenSouth Ltd provides breast screening (mammography) services across the entire South Island.
A mobile screening service operates within each region to provide maximum accessibility to screening for all women including those who live outside the main centres.
You can call us on 0800 270 200 to find your closest screening clinic or to change where you have your mammogram.
How To Arrange A Breast Screen
You can call us on 0800 270 200 or visit timetoscreen.nz to enrol and organise an appointment for your first screening mammogram.
We will automatically recall you every 2 years after that but you are welcome to contact us to discuss when you are due or where you would like to be screened.