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18 AUG


By timesecholife on in Latest News

Report boosts screening numbers in town

A BREAST screening service has seen a sharp rise in attendance after the Times and Echo revealed one in five women were missing appointments.
Non-attendance at North Midlands mobile breast screening unit fell from 20 per cent in May to eight per cent in August.
Articles in the Times and Echo highlighting the issue have been credited with boosting attendance numbers.
Jessica Mulroy Johnson is a health improvement practitioner with the breast imaging service at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
She said: “Since the North Midlands Breast Screening Service mobile unit came to Cheadle, the uptake rate has continued to increase.
“In May we had 20 per cent of women not attending their breast screening appointment, however now we only have eight per cent of women not attending.
“This is great news and we would like to thank the community of Cheadle, GP practices, the Times and Echo and everyone who has helped to maintain the North Midlands Breast Screening Service profile, for their positive support and spreading the breast screening word.
“We are now screening the last of the Cheadle GP practices before the mobile unit moves in September, however due to time constraints if you have missed your original appointment, the second appointment you will receive will be at the Static Unit in Hanley.
“One in eight women are affected by breast cancer, however early diagnosis saves lives.
“If you have any queries regarding your breast screening appointment please give our friendly booking office a call on 0300 123 1463 where we will try to accommodate you.”
The mobile unit has been based at Cheadle Hospital since April, offering screening to women aged between 50 and 70.
In May, NHS staff raised concerns that 20 per cent of women failed to attend appointments for the potentially life-saving scan.
Appointments were routinely offered to women registered at Allen Street Surgery, Alton Primary Care Centre, Well Street Medical Centre, The Surgery (Waterfall Lane, Waterhouses), The Tardis Surgery and Trinity Medical Centre GP practices.
The unit also offered scans to randomly selected women aged 47 to 49 and 71 to 73 as part of a trial to measure the benefits of extending the screening programme.
Mammograms detect miniscule signs of breast cancer – allowing early treatment which is potentially life-saving.

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