COVID-19

Vaccination and Alert Level Information

COVID-19 Vaccination and Your Mammogram

  • Vaccines of all types (including COVID) can result in temporary swelling of the lymph nodes.
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes can be a sign that the vaccine is working in the body to make antibodies against the virus as intended
  • Swollen lymph nodes will usually be in the armpit on the same side as the vaccinated arm
  • Lymph node swelling usually has resolved by 4–6 weeks after the second vaccination dose
  • If we see armpit lymph node swelling on your mammogram, we may call you back for an ultrasound to rule out other causes of swollen lymph nodes.
  • Do not delay your vaccine.
  • Do not delay your mammogram.

 

 

COVID-19 Alert Levels

Please see below information which will apply to the COVID-19 Alert Level in your region, on the day of your Breast Screening Appointment.

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Alert Level 1

You can attend your screening appointment as usual.

Please call us on 0800 270 200 if you are unwell with cough, cold or flu-like symptoms, or have had a recent COVID-19 test, to reschedule your appointment.

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Alert Level 2

You can attend your screening appointment as usual.

Please call us on 0800 270 200 if you are unwell with cough, cold or flu-like symptoms, or have had a recent COVID-19 test, to reschedule your appointment.

If you are worried about attending breast screening at this time, please discuss this with your GP or contact us on 0800 270 200 to speak with our team.

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Alert Level 3

Please contact us on 0800 270 200 as soon as possible to postpone your appointment if ANY of the following apply:

1. You have any ongoing health issues or a chronic lung disease such as severe asthma, COPD, etc AND were hospitalized because of this in the last 12 months.

2. You, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the last 14 days have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

3. You have had a recent positive COVID-19 test result or are still waiting for your test result.

4. You or anyone you are in close contact with, are currently experiencing ANY cough, cold or flu-like symptoms.

If none of the above are applicable to you, you can attend your appointment as usual.

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Alert Level 4

All screening mammogram appointments will be cancelled and we will contact you again at a later date to reschedule with you.