By Leah Conway –
The Pennine Breast Screen Service have put their office on wheels to make breast screening as convenient as possible in Kirklees.
The Kirklees Mayoress, Judith Patrick will be there to help launch the mobile unit at Tesco Superstore, Cleckheaton. The Pennine Breast Screening Service has set up mobile units in Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury in the past.
Who is invited to mammograms?
The National Breast Screening Programme invites everyone registered with a GP Practice as female from 50 years up to their 71st birthday. The breast screening invite is repeated every 3 years.
Screening can detect breast cancer at its earliest stages and can save lives.
The Breast Screening van will be located in the car park of the Tesco Superstore, Cleckheaton throughout the summer – Tesco Superstore, 49 Northgate, Cleckheaton, BD19 3HS.
‘Please visit the team’
Mayoress Judith Patrick said: “I am really pleased that Pennine Breast Screening Unit are adapting their services and making them readily available for more women.
“Having supported close friends through breast cancer I would encourage all those eligible to have their check when called – early diagnosis is key to fighting this horrible disease.
“If you’ve been invited for your breast screening, please visit the team at Pennine – they are very friendly and can answer any questions you might have.”
Women who are eligible for a breast screening appointment will receive a letter in the post inviting them to arrange a visit to the breast screening service.
All women are encouraged to book their visit as soon as they receive their invitation to get their preferred time slot.
The procedure itself only takes a few minutes. The service advises patients to allow for half an hour in total and it’s advised women wear a top and a bottom, then you will only need to remove a top half.
The mobile unit has server steps, so for more suitable accessibility service patients can also attend Bradford St Luke’s Hospital for their mammogram.