Breast screening: manage mammograms and records

NHS breast screening programme procedures for retaining, storing and disposing of mammograms and records.


Retention, storage and disposal of mammograms and screening records

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This document sets out guidelines on handling mammograms and screening records.

It includes information about:

  • legal requirements
  • review of screen packets
  • storage issues
  • destroying films and paperwork
Published 1 January 2001
Last updated 13 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Changed wording in section 1.2 (page 2) of the document to make the eligible upper age limit clear for routine breast screening invitations as of December 2018.
  2. First published.