Breast screening

Photo: Breast screening mobile unit

Breast Screening
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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 have now been sending out appointments since the end of June. We are inviting those who have been waiting the longest first and will carry on in this way until we have caught up.

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.

This of course means that there is a delay for routine screening appointments and you may be offered screening later than you were expecting. This has been the effect on all national breast screening services.

In an effort to make best use of appointment slots there will be a nationwide change to the way breast screening appointments are offered. Previously you would have received a booked appointment, which you could contact us to change if necessary. From 30th September 2020 we will be switching to an ‘open invite’ system whereby all ladies who are to be invited will receive a letter to say they are due for screening and requesting them to contact our office to book an appointment.

It is hoped this will mean less wasted appointments due to non-attendance. This is a temporary measure until 31st of March 2021, when it is hoped the screening programmes will be in a position to return to offering booked appointments again.

Our Mobile Unit has now had the necessary work completed and moved back to Tesco in Newton Abbot.

Please see the map below showing the location of the mobile unit at Tesco Car Park, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3RN

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 range (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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