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Ontario Breast Screening Program

COVID-19 Update

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is beginning to reintroduce surgical and outpatient services slowly using a gradual, phased approach.  Some individuals, based on the severity of their condition and care needs, are being scheduled for procedures and treatments.

If you are a patient, your care team will contact you with more information when you are rebooked or booked for your treatment.

Please come alone to your appointment to help us ensure physical distancing and to allow for patients to come to clinics safely. In special circumstances, the Manager may approve a support person to accompany a patient to Outpatient clinic appointments. Any exception to the visitor restrictions must be approved by the unit or clinic manager.

Click here for more information about the gradual reintroduction of visitors to inpatient areas.

If you have concerns, please call your family physician. If there is an emergency, please call 911 and go the hospital immediately. If you have an urgent issue, please go to an urgent care centre. If this is a mental health emergency, call 9-1-1, the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905.972.8338 or online at; go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has Emergency Psychiatry Services at 50 Charlton Avenue East, Hamilton.

We are doing our best to serve all patients as quickly as possible, while ensuring the safety of our staff, patients and community. Thank you for your continued patience.

Click here for more information about your appointment and the reintroduction of services.

What this program does...

The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) is a program of Cancer Care Ontario.

OBSP provides high quality breast screening services including mammography and breast self-examination education for women 50+ who have no previous history of breast cancer. OBSP also offers important advantages for women and their primary care providers including recruitment, recall and follow-up, and ongoing quality assurance.

All OBSP sites are accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists Mammography Accreditation Program.

How this program helps...

The program is free of charge and mammograms are available without a physician referral if you are over the age of 50. Results of screening through OBSP are available within two weeks to both the patient and doctor. OBSP will also set up extra tests or referrals if results suggest they are needed. A letter of reminder is sent out to patients when it is time for the next screening mammogram (usually 2 years). Women are not eligible for screening if they have had breast cancer, breast enlargement (augmentation) or if they currently have symptoms of breast disease requiring diagnostic work-up.


St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is pleased to offer the OBSP at our Women’s Health Centre at both our King and West 5th campuses.

To book an appointment at our King Campus, please call 905-522-1155 ext. 38309. Click here for directions to our King Campus

To book an appointment at our West 5th Campus, please call 905-522-1155 ext. 32899. Click here for directions to our West 5th Campus.

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items.