A mobile unit that provides a free breast screening service to women 50 years of age and over has recently arrived in Gainsborough.
The mobile screening unit, run by the Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service is situated at the John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough and will be there until approximately February 2017.
The screening service will be automatically inviting ladies registered with selected medical practices in the Gainsborough area to attend an appointment at the mobile unit.
Ladies aged between 50 and 70 from these practices will be automatically invited for screening. Ladies aged 71 years and over who would like to be screened are welcome to ring the administration office to make an appointment at their convenience on 01522 573999.
The Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service has started the national Age Extension Pilot Scheme where women aged from 47 to 49 years or 71 to 73 years from practices will be automatically invited for screening.
Screening Office Manager, Alysa Page, from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Early detection of breast cancer is crucial in improving a woman’s prognosis and so we strongly encourage women to attend a breast screening session.
“Little is known about how to prevent breast cancer, but the earlier it is found the better the chance for successful treatment. One in 12 women over 50 will be affected by breast cancer and our mobile screening service is part of the work we are doing to reduce this life threatening disease.”
The mobile service tours the county on a regular basis, but only visits one area at a time and appointments must be made to use the service.
For further information about the breast screening service please contact –
Alysa Page or Penny Johnson at the screening office on 01522 573999.
The mobile unit will be in place until approximately February 2017.
Women from the following surgeries will be invited for screening:
The Surgery, High Street, Willingham by Stow, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 5JZ
Pottergate Medical Centre, Vanessa Drive, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 2UQ
Hawthorn Surgery, Scotton Road, Scotter, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 3SB
Cleveland Surgery, Vanessa Drive, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 2UQ
Caskgate Street Surgery, 3 Caskgate Street, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 2DJ
Breast screening is carried out every three years for all women in the UK aged 50 and over. Women aged between 50 and 70 are routinely invited for screening. Anyone who experiences any symptoms before being invited or between their routine 3 yearly invitations to a screening appointment should always contact their GP.
Women over the age of 71 who would like to have a mammogram are encouraged to contact their local screening office for an appointment.