Mobile Breast Screening Unit returns to Coleraine from Friday 05 March 2021

03/03/2021

The Western Trust Mobile Breast Screening Unit returns to Coleraine from Friday 05 March 2021 to offer breast screening to the wider Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.

Marietta Connor, Lead Mammographer at the Western Trust advised: “Beginning with GP surgeries in Ballycastle, the Trust will be offering appointments for ladies aged 50-70 to attend for their mammogram as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme. The Programme offers appointments to ladies aged 50-70 every three years to attend for a routine mammogram.

She added: “For every 100 ladies who attend around two will be recalled for further tests at the Breast Assessment Unit based at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry.

“The unit was located at Dunnes Stores in previous years however, this is not available at present. The mobile unit will now be located at the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine beside the Estates Services yard, just past the Ross Thompson Unit.

“Screening for the Causeway Coast area will be undertaken over a period of several months at this location and women will be called by their GP Practice in turn.

Marietta continued: “We would encourage ladies to attend their screening appointment when called as early detection is vitally important. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please contact the Unit so that others may avail of that appointment. Whilst we endeavour to offer appointments, as close to clients as possible, we need to use all available capacity to ensure that ladies receive appointments on time.”

“If you have worries about any breast symptoms please contact your GP and don’t wait on your screening invitation before raising those concerns.”

“Ladies over the age of 70 can still make an appointment to attend for breast screening every three years and any woman in this category can call the Breast Screening Unit on 028 71611443 to make an appointment.”