Breast Services

The Western Trust Breast Service provides both a screening and symptomatic service, providing specialist care for patients with breast cancer and non-cancer conditions.

The Western Trust currently has three General Consultant Surgeons with breast speciality working in Altnagelvin Hospital:

Mr Padraig Diggin

Mr Michael Harron

Mr Ron Thompson

These Surgeons provide services at the symptomatic clinics and the screening assessment clinics. Reconstructive breast surgery is also available in Altnagelvin Hospital.

There is one Full time and two Part time Breast Care Nurse Specialists and one Part time Advanced Nurse Practitioner employed by the Western Trust who can provide information, support and help to patients who have or fear they have breast cancer. They have offices in the Breast Screening Unit and also in the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital.                                                                                  

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Breast Team is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.  If you wish to speak with a CNS prior to your appointment please contact us on 02871611187.

Breast Screening Program

The Breast Screening Service is part of the National Breast Screening Program that provides free breast screening for ladies between the ages of 50-70.

Mobile Screening Unit  

The Western Trust has two mobile screening units used for the screening program to deliver the service throughout the trust catchment area.

Symptomatic Service

The Symptomatic Service is a one stop triple assessment out-patient clinic based in Altnagelvin. Anyone requiring this service will be referred by their GP.

Over 70s

Any lady who is over the age of 70 is still entitled to have their routine screening mammogram every 3 years.

Family History Clinic

The Family History Clinics are led by the Breast Care Nurse Practitioner and supported by the Breast Clinicians.












Contact Information

Western Area Breast Screening Unit

Ground Floor Nurses Homes

Altnagelvin Hospital

Glenshane Road


BT47 6SB

Tel: 02871611443



















Other useful links for more information about breast screening:


Cancer Screening NI 
Be Cancer Aware NI