Screening programmes at COVID-19 alert level 3 and 4
What you need to know about screening at different alert levels.
Antenatal and newborn screening programmes are considered high priority and will continue to operate across all COVID-19 alert levels, but with some changes as appropriate to ensure that health staff, women and babies are kept safe.
If you are in an area at Alert level 4:
- Routine screening is paused for breast and cervical screening services, except for some required annual cervical screening.
- At present bowel screening will continue. You can still expect to receive your invitation to take part in bowel screening.
- For those who have already been screened, the decision for diagnostic and treatment services will be made by the clinical teams at a local and regional level on a case-by-case basis.
If you are in an area at Alert level 3:
- Screening programmes are operating, with appropriate safeguards in place to keep participants and staff safe. It is recommended that people with pre-existing medical conditions, check with their health professional as to whether it is safe to attend appointments.
- Bowel screening will continue. You can still expect to receive your invitation to take part in bowel screening.
- Cervical and breast screening will continue for most women. The decision to screen those with existing medical conditions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The National Screening Unit is advising screening providers to follow Level 3 & 4 processes.
Further information on programmes will be updated at the following links:
Information regarding Antenatal and Newborn Screening can be found here.