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 2020 onwards.

We recommenced screening at the end of June 2020 and have been inviting those who have been waiting the longest first. We 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 has been 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.

On the 30th September 2020 we switched to an ‘open invite’ system whereby all ladies who are to be invited are sent 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.

Our Mobile Unit has now left Sainsbury’s Car Park, Nelson Road, Dartmouth and is currently situated in Morrison’s Car Park, Newfoundland Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9WP (parking is free).

Over the next few months we will be visiting Dawlish and Paignton respectively.

The national breast screening programme has now ceased the AgeX trial, which offered breast screening to some women aged 47-49 and 71-73. Ladies in these age groups will no longer be offered breast screening.

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.

If you would like to read our information leaflet about breast screening it is available online at: www.gov.uk/phe/breast-screening-leaflet

Do The Test – Go For It!

Some people have difficulty deciding whether to come for breast screening. Here is a video made by and for women with learning disabilities. Whether you live with a learning disability or not, the information can be helpful for making your decision.

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