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How is information used by the NHS to invite people for screening?

If you are eligible for NHS breast screening, personally identifiable information about you is used to send you an invitation to be screened.

This information includes your:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • NHS Number
  • Address

This information mainly comes from the records the NHS holds for everyone who is registered with a GP.

It is used by your local screening service to ensure you are invited for screening at the right time.

This information is also used by Public Health England to ensure that safe and effective screening programmes are provided across England.

Under data protection law, you have rights regarding the use of your personally identifiable information by the NHS and Public Health England for the breast screening programme.

If you would like a copy of any personally identifiable information Public Health England holds about you can contact:

Freedom of information enquiries

NHS England

PO BOX 16738


B97 9PT

Email requests should be sent to If you would have difficulty making a written request, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33.

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