South Essex Breast Screening Service
Welcome to the South Essex NHS Breast Screening service.
Our Southend Hospital breast unit and its three dedicated mobile screening vans, currently cater for a population of approximately 94,000 women from the Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Southend, Westcliff, Leigh, Thundersley, Canvey, Basildon, Stanford, Corringham, Grays, Lakeside, Rochford, Hockley, Rayleigh, Billericay and Wickford areas.
Update - 24-03-20 - Breast
Due to the current COVID19 risk we have regrettably paused
breast screening so our radiographers can support critical
If you have a booked appointment or are expecting an appointment
please be aware that breast screening will not be taking place and
you will received another invitation in due course.
During this time staffing levels may be low, therefore there
will be a delay getting through to the breast screening office.
In the meantime, if you have any changes in your breast or
symptoms that are causing you concern, please contact your General
If you're experiencing symptoms that concern you please stay
indoors, avoid contact with others and ring NHS 111 or go online to
111.nhs.uk for advice.
The breast screening service was first introduced to the NHS in
1987, following a report which highlighted the importance of
implementing a high quality screening service to reduce mortality
of women from breast cancer.
To achieve this, mammograms (X-rays) of both breasts are taken and
then interpreted by two highly qualified mammography film
Current statistics show that approximately one in eight women in
the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their
The aim of this service is to detect breast cancer at an early
stage, often before any symptoms have been noted, so that treatment
may therefore be simpler, more effective and enable a better chance
Currently our mobile screening units are located in
Grays, Rayleigh and Canvey Island.
At the end of January 2020 the Rayleigh mobile will be moving to
Warrior Square in Southend.
Contact breast screening office: 01702 385024
This is a hub intended to complement the NHS breast screening
information already available. It is an independent website
with lots of information, videos and chat forums.
Pink leaflet 'helping women decide' available here in various
NHS choices website for a comprehensive index of
'Breast implant' leaflet
Breast screening leaflet for women with learning