Breast screening

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Breast Screening
Tel: 01803 655350
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Coronavirus has had a major impact on the NHS, including breast screening services. To help protect patients from the virus and to respond to the pandemic, we decided to reschedule breast screening appointments, which would have been performed from March onwards.

We are starting to send out appointments again now. We are inviting those who have been waiting the longest first and will carry on like that until we have caught up. We expect to offer appointments to all the people we had to cancel within the next 8 to 10 weeks.

You may have noticed that our Mobile Unit has moved away from Tesco in Newton Abbot. This is because some adjustments to the handwashing water supply in the unit are required to meet new coronavirus precautions.

As a temporary measure we have moved the Mobile Unit to Torbay Hospital Annexe, where staff can safely use on-site facilities for handwashing.

Once the Mobile Unit has been upgraded we will look to moving it back to the Newton Abbot area. In the meantime, we will be offering all appointments either at our static site in the grounds of Torbay Hospital or the Mobile Unit at The Annexe, 187 Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7BA.

Due to the new coronavirus precautions we cannot see as many ladies per day as we did previously, meaning every appointment is even more valuable. If you cannot attend your appointment or need to delay it please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the time to someone else.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, we are not able to offer self-referral appointments at the moment for ladies over 71. Due to the large backlog of women needing screening, the national directive is that for now, we will only screen women in the routine screening age (50 to their 71st birthday). The national breast screening programme has suspended the AgeX trial, which offered breast screening to some women aged 47-49 and 71-73, so ladies in these age groups will no longer be offered breast screening. This situation is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

If you have any concerns about unusual changes to your breasts, please speak with your GP as soon as possible. They will be able to refer you to a one-stop clinic if necessary.

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