Mobile Breast Screening will begin scheduled appointments in Enniskillen

24/02/2021

The Western Trust Mobile Breast Screening Unit will begin scheduled appointments at the Lakeland forum, Enniskillen, from the week beginning 8 March 2021.

The Western Trust has two Mobile Breast Screening Units which operate on a rotational basis across the Western Trust geographic area. The Mobile Breast Screening Unit now returns to Enniskillen, having been in operation at the Dunne’s Stores site in Omagh since 20 July 2020. There was an initial pause in the service from March 2020 to 20 July 2020, as part of a regional response to the Covid-19 pandemic, before the previously scheduled move of the mobile unit from Enniskillen to Omagh took place.

The service will operate extended appointment times to facilitate enhanced infection control and social distancing measures as a consequence of Covid-19. As part of the screening programme the Western Trust will work in partnership with Action Cancer who will operate a second screening unit at the Forum site.

Ladies aged from 50-70 from the following GP practices will be called as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme:

  • Brookeborough Practice
  • Dr Toal and Maguire Practice
  • Erne Health centre

As part of the screening programme the Western Trust will work in partnership with Action Cancer who will operate a second screening unit at the Forum site.

Ladies over the age of 70 can still make an appointment to attend for breast screening every 3 years and any woman in this category can call the breast Unit on 02871611443 to make an appointment.

Marietta Connor, Lead Mammographer at the Western Trust said: “We would encourage ladies to attend their screening appointment when called and to inform the unit if they are unable to attend 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 or a loved one has any concerns or symptoms then you should contact your GP to seek advice immediately. If required your GP will make a referral to the Breast Assessment Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry for a full breast symptoms assessment.”

Marietta added: “Thank you to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for kindly allowing both screening units to be situated at the Lakeland Forum and to Dunnes Stores, Omagh for facilitating our location throughout the last few months.”