NHS Scotland's national screening programmes are resuming in stages with new safety measures
Screening programmes are resuming
NHS Scotland's national screening programmes, which were paused in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19), are set to resume safely, carefully and in a series of stages. Cervical screening has already begun.
We’re changing the way we deliver screening services to make sure we can keep you and our staff safe during this difficult time. We'd like to reassure you there is no change to the screening tests themselves.
Pregnancy and newborn screening
Bowel screening paused
While we haven't begun bowel screening yet, colonoscopies have resumed.
Your NHS Board will be in touch if you are due to attend an appointment.
Bowel screening kits will be issued when NHS Scotland have caught up with colonoscopy appointments.
Breast screening resumes
The breast screening service will resume on 3 August.
Letters will be prioritised for those invited for breast screening before the pause who were unable to attend or had their appointment cancelled.
Cervical screening resumes
Anyone invited for cervical screening before the pause should contact their GP practice to make an appointment. This applies to anyone who was yet to make an appointment or who had made an appointment which was then cancelled.
Appointment invitations and reminders will be posted from mid-July, with invitations sent first to those who receive more frequent (non-routine) cervical screening appointments.
Routine screening will resume once NHS Scotland has caught up with non-routine appointments affected by the pause.