Breast Awareness

Breast awareness is an essential and valuable part of breast screening, so make your appointment today; it’s #timetocheck

Why have a Breast Awareness appointment?

knowing how to self check for breast cancer is important
Lady McAdden offers breast awareness appointments in accordance with the NHS Breast Screening 5 Point Plan:

Know what’s normal for you


Look at your breasts and feel them


Know what changes to look for


Report any changes without delay


Attend routine screening if you’re 50 or over

What happens in an appointment?

Your appointment will be booked and confirmed by email (if you have one).

If you are attending a remote (online) appointment you will also receive an email from us with your link to join your session. We suggest that you click to attend about 2 minutes earlier than your appointment so that you can get set up and ready. If you cannot connect we will call you automatically 5 minutes after your appointment has started on the number you have provided

In your session, if you are attending remotely, it is entirely up to you (depending on your surroundings) if you would like to undress. However, in face-to-face appointments our nurse will ask you undress from the waist upwards, if appropriate.

Our nurse will ask you if you check yourself and how you do this. She may ask you to demonstrate. She will also ask you if you have any concerns, family history or any other breast related questions, this may include questions about the pill, HRT or other medication you are currently taking.

If our Lady McAdden nurse is concerned about anything you discuss or find during the appointment, she will ask you to contact your GP (which is the current referral process for further investigation). If you would like to know the best way to approach this, please have a look at our referral process page.

If you have a new lump or concern, please contact your GP immediately. If you would like to discuss this concern as you are worried about contacting your GP (which you should not be, but we do understand you might be) then please telephone 01702 343288 so that one of the team can guide you.


Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to attend a session but am concerned that I don’t want to undress?

You don’t have to; the Nurse will work with you to work out what is normal for you and discuss any concerns. The Nurse will have a breast simulator, where she can demonstrate and show you specific breast related information.

If you are online, you may not want to undress due to your surroundings and we can follow up with a face-to-face appointment or use photographs if easier.

Can someone else attend the appointment with me?
Yes, but remember the appointment is about you and what is normal for you, so the Nurse will focus on your needs.
I have a remote appointment booked but can’t get it to work
Don’t worry our Nurses will automatically call you on the number you provided, 5 minutes after your appointment was due to start, to resolve your problem. If the problem continues the appointment can be continued over the telephone.
I have recently had a baby; Can I make an appointment?

Many women experience breast changes during pregnancy.

We would not be able to offer you an appointment until you have had 3 periods since giving birth. This will give your body a chance to recover and your breasts to return to similar to preconception size.

I am breast feeding; Can I make an appointment?

As with the previous question, your breasts go through a huge change during pregnancy and feeding.

When you have finished breast feeding and have had 3 periods we would be able to offer you an appointment.

Will the nurse touch me?

Yes, the Nurse may touch you in face-to-face appointments, but only with your consent. She may, to help you understand how to check or if you have something that you think is abnormal, touch to understand what you feel.

Is this the same as you used to offer?

No, we are now focused on finding what is normal for you and ensuring that you know how to check yourself. A Nurse will not check you, only guide you in how to check yourself. She may still touch you to understand what you are trying to explain.

We do not provide Breast Checks. The Nurse will not know what is normal for you and what if anything has changed, to cause a concern. Breast Awareness will be covered and a step by step guide given how to check yourself and what to be looking out for.

Why have you changed this service?

A Nurse cannot in one session define what is normal and what has changed specifically for you. During the Pandemic, we recognised that most women lack confidence in checking themselves and how to check themself.

To enable them to find something, they need to understand their own normal and not wait for someone else to check them.

I have one breast larger than the other?
This can be normal, but we recommend you discuss this with the Nurse in your appointment.
I don’t have a computer

If you have a device like a tablet or phone that has a browser, you can still attend an online appointment. However, if you prefer, we can offer a telephone consultation or face to face appointment.

I am disabled, can I access your premises?
Yes definitely, we have easy access to the premises we use. However, it helps us if you can tell us how you might need assistance in advance.

How to book

To check availability and book an appointment please click HERE or telephone 01702 343288 (option 1)

Please note we do not charge for appointments but as an independent charity we do ask for a donation where possible

Lady McAdden offers appointments via:


Our Secure Remote (online) system (like Zoom, but no need to register), is called Cliniko – you can access using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC


Telephone (Although our Nurses prefer to see you if possible, in the event you cannot attend a remote or physical appointment, they are happy to discuss with you via a scheduled call)


Face to Face (at our Centre in Elmsleigh Drive, Leigh on Sea or at selected venues in the community).

The Witham Hub

Unit 17, The Grove Shopping Centre, Witham, Essex CM8 2YT

Collected 622 Bras

Raised £457

Morrisons Witham

Braintree Rd, Witham CM8 2GD

Collected 939 Bras

Raised £788

Morley Nurseries

Southend Rd, Great Wakering, Essex SS3 0PU

Collected 280 Bras

Raised £224

My Fairytale Wardrobe

Bell St, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7JS

Collected 275 Bras

Raised £238

Hollywood Babes - Thorpe Bay

Hollywood Babes , 186 The Broadwat, Thorpe Bay, Essex SS1 3ES

Collected 174 Bras

Raised £121

Coco Boo

49 Rectory Grove Leigh on Sea SS9 2HA

Collected 595 Bras

Raised £491

The Bra Consultancy

16 Edward’s Walk, Maldon CM9 5PS

Collected 395 Bras

Raised £315

Morrisons Maldon

Limebrook Way, Maldon CM9 6GG

Collected 669 Bras

Raised £602

Harwich Library

Upper Kingsway, Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 3JT

Collected 382

Raised £291

Frinton Library

59 Old Rd, Frinton-on-Sea CO13 9DA

Bras Collected 415

Amount raised £320

Brentwood Library

New Rd, Brentwood CM14 4BP

Ingatestone Library

High Street, Ingatestone CM4 9EU

Nationwide Leigh on Sea

73 The Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1PW

Funky Barnets

714 Southchurch Road , Southend-on-Sea SS1 2PS

Total collected 464

Raising £370

Tracies Nails & Beauty

108 Rectory Road, Pitsea SS13 2AH

Tesco Pitsea

Off High Road, Pitsea SS13 3JU

My Secret Wardrobe

Wickford, Essex

Basildon Library

Basildon Centre, The St. Martins Square, Basildon SS14 1EE

Vange Library

Southview Road, Basildon SS16 4ET

Fryerns Library

Whitmore Way, Basildon SS14 2NN

Morrisons 284 Hadleigh

175 London Rd, Hadleigh, Benfleet SS7 2RB

Collected 2157 Bras

Raised £1662

Morrisons Canvey Island

Northwick Rd, Canvey Island SS8 0SW

Collected 1675 Bras

Raised £1323

Rochford Nail Bar

8 West St, Rochford SS4 1AJ

Collected £468 Bras

Raised £370


Eastgate Shopping Centre Basildon SS14 1AE

Collected 602 Bras

Raised £509

Orsett Surgery

63 Rowley Rd, Orsett, Grays RM16 3ET

Collected 865 Bras

Raised £621

Mane Attraction

Hylands Parade, Wood St, Chelmsford CM2 8BW

Collected 153 Bras

Raised £140

Boo Boutique

11 Heralds Way, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford CM3 5TQ

Collected 300 Bras

Raised £232

Longfield and Tollesbury Surgeries

Princes Rd, Maldon CM9 5DF

Collected 869 Bras

Raised £473

Morrisons Grays

1 London Rd, Grays RM17 5XZ

Collected 491 Bras

Raised £316

Clacton Library

 Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SF

Total collected 298

Total raised £193

Rochford Library

 8 Roche Close, Rochford SS4 1PX

Shenfield Library

 Adult Community College, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 1BD

Collected 239 bras

Raising £169

Chipping Ongar Library

 The Pleasance, High St, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9AB

The Ironworks - Southend

90 High St, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1JN 

Waitrose and Partners Leigh on Sea

1231/1241 London Road, Leigh on Sea SS9 3JQ 

Total collected 91

Total raised £75 

Vange Library

Southview Road, Basildon SS16 4ET 

Total collected 56

Total raised £50

Pitsea Library

Maydells, Pitsea, Basildon SS13 3DU

Total collected 91

Total raised £75 

Christ Church - Stock

Christ Church, Stock, Ingatestone CM4 9BN

Westerings Primary Academy PTA

Contact The PTA, Sunny Road, Hockley, SS5 4NZ

Total collected 360

Total raised £296

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