Open access follow-up

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Follow-up appointments and mammogram arrangements

Your follow-up and the time between appointments will depend on your individual needs and on the arrangements at the hospital you are being treated in.

The first five years

You will be invited to an End of Treatment appointment with the Breast Care nurses approximately 6 months after you have completed your treatment.

Important information at this appointment includes:

Breast awareness
Planned follow-up
What to report to the Breast Care Nurses
How to access a clinic appointment via Open Access Follow-up
Common problems after diagnosis and treatment.


Depending on your surgery you are likely to require a mammogram every year for 5 years following diagnosis.

You should receive a result for you routine follow-up mammogram within a month of it being performed.  If you have not, you should contact the Breast Unit Secretary.

We will not routinely see you in the clinic as you will be under Open Access Follow-up.  This means you remain under the care of the breast team for 5 years after diagnosis and can contact the breast team directly (do not need to see GP).  This can enable quick access to the breast care team and the hospital when required.

After the five years

If you are younger than 50 when diagnosed, you will be given a yearly mammogram at NDDH until the age of 50 is reached.

If you are over the age of 50, you will be invited to have three-yearly mammograms up to the age of 73 as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

If you are over the age of 73, you are still eligible to be screened by request. This can be arranged by contacting the local NHS Breast Screening Programme on 01392 262600 or through your GP.

Last updated: July 17, 2019