Women to be invited to access breast screening at a mobile unit at Herts and Essex Hospital

Health / Wed 22nd Mar 2023 at 08:05am

WOMEN aged 50 to 70 who are due for their three yearly screen and are registered with the following GP surgeries are to be invited to access breast screening:

  • Sawbridgeworth Medical Services
  • Central Surgery
  • South Street Surgery
  • Helix Medical Centre
  • Church Street Surgery
  • Much Hadham Health Centre

The screening will take place at a mobile unit at Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, from April to October 2023.

It is anticipated that approximately 8,600 women will be invited for screening over the coming months. 

The breast screening service, which is provided by The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), is an important part of a national approach to detecting cancer. It is estimated that across the country 1,400 lives will be saved each year by the programme.

Helen Lavelle, breast service manager at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Our mobile unit contains the latest equipment and technology. Upon arrival, each patient will be greeted by a radiographer, who will explain the process. The screening takes less than seven minutes and the results are available two to three weeks later. It will be three years before women are called again in this area. It is hoped that more women than ever before will take up the opportunity of this vital examination.”

Women are screened every three years after the age of 50 and until they are 70. 

Women within this age range will receive an automatic open invitation to book an appointment time.  

Please note that women cannot just drop in for an appointment, but if they wish to check when they may be called, they can contact the office on 01992 560001

Special arrangements can be made for women with a disability by contacting 

01992 560001.

After the age of 70, women can call for an appointment on 01992 560001.

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