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Oxford Breast Imaging Centre (OBIC)

The Oxford Breast Imaging Centre (OBIC) provides a high quality breast screening service, under the direction of the NHS Breast Screening Programme, for women aged 50 and over.

The objective is to detect breast cancer in its early stage and thereby reduce the overall mortality from breast cancer.

All women aged between 50 and 70 years of age are eligible for screening. Women will receive their first screening appointment before their 53rd birthday.

In September 2011 the Age Extension Randomisation Trial was rolled out, in which half of the women aged 47-49 or 70-73 will be selected for screening. Women over the age of 70 who have not been selected for screening can still request a breast screening appointment by contacting OBIC.

All women over the age of 73 can request a breast screening appointment every three years by contacting OBIC.

All women are called for breast screening approximately every three years, according to the GP practice they are registered with. It takes about three years to cover all Oxfordshire GPs in a single screening round.

Screening takes place in three locations:

  • at the OBIC, in the Surgery and Diagnostics Centre at the Churchill Hospital
  • at two Breast Mobile Screening Units, which move between sites around Oxfordshire.

In addition, the department provides an assessment clinic at OBIC for women whose mammograms showed a possible abnormality. At the assessment clinic, further tests are carried out, which can include further mammography, ultrasound imaging and core biopsies.

Clinics

  • Breast Screening Clinics: Monday to Friday
  • Assessment Clinics: Monday and Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings
  • Symptomatic Clinics: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Extensive information is available on the NHS Cancer Screening website

Breast Screening: important information

In order to make our service of the highest quality and as efficient as possible:

Please read the leaflet 'NHS Breast Screening, Helping you Decide' and it will hopefully answer the most frequently asked questions about screening.

Please contact us immediately if any of the following applies to you.

  • The appointment date/time is inconvenient and you'd like to re-arrange.
  • You are going to be away for three weeks following your appointment date.
  • You have had a mammogram elsewhere within the last six months:
    • at a private clinic
    • through an employee scheme where you work
    • at another Screening Unit, if you recently moved into the area.
  • If you have changed your GP and were previously invited while registered with the previous GP.
  • You are receiving continuing care for previous breast problems.
  • You have access difficulties due to physical mobility problems and would like to arrange a more suitable appointment (the mobile clinics have steps).

Your mammogram will be taken by qualified, female radiographers. It will take around half an hour.

More information about the breast screening examination can be found at on the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme website.

Results will be posted to you and to your GP Practice within three weeks of your breast screening appointment.

It is very important that you let us know if you are not able to attend, as your appointment might be of use to someone else. We screen over 30,000 women a year, so it is important that all our appointment slots are used as efficiently as possible.

Please do not use talcum powder or deodorant on the day of screening as it may affect the quality of the X-ray and subsequently the diagnosis' accuracy.

There is a map included with the appointment letter showing how to find OBIC.

For transport options please see:

How to find us - Getting to the Churchill

Contact us

Oxford Breast Imaging Centre (OBIC) is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Screening Unit Office
Surgery and Diagnostics Centre
Churchill Hospital
Old Road
Headington
Oxford OX3 7LE

Tel: 01865 235621

Email: oxfordbreast.screening@nhs.net

One Stop Breast Clinic - 2 Week Wait

The department also provides a symptomatic service by GP and specialist referral for women of any age who present with breast problems. The symptomatic imaging takes place at OBIC.

The initial One Stop appointment at the Breast Clinic takes place at either Cancer and Haematology Outpatients or Renal Outpatients at the Churchill Hospital and necessary imaging will follow.

For all Breast Clinic enquiries, please contact Breast Surgery: 01295 229395 Option 1.

Information leaflets

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