Health screening programmes paused

NHS resources dedicated to tackling COVID-19.

National screening programmes across Scotland are being temporarily paused due to the rapidly changing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The announcement made by Scottish Government on 30 March 2020, was based upon clinical advice and supported by National Services Division, the body responsible for the co-ordination of the screening programmes across Scotland.

The paused programmes are as follows:

  • Breast Screening (mammograms)
  • Cervical Screening (smear tests)
  • Bowel Screening (home test kits)
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening (ultrasound of abdomen)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy (Eye) Screening (images taken of the eye).


Pregnancy and Newborn Screening Programmes, including tests offered during pregnancy and just after birth, will continue where logistically practical.

With the health service under significant pressure as cases of Coronavirus rise, the pause in screening programmes allows redeployment of staff to work in other areas and join the effort to tackle the effects of COVID-19.

Information relating to the screening programme changes can be found by visiting NHS Inform or at the National Services Division website*.

The full statement released by Scottish Government can be found here.


*National Services Division are part of NHS National Services Scotland.

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